Beverly Sample was blindsided on July 27.
She was driving along Highway 20 when she blacked out.
She later learned that she drifted into the oncoming lane, proceeded 100 yards off the road and struck a tree.
Sample woke up in a hospital and learned from doctors she suffered a broken foot and a badly battered body, including her face, in the accident.
Even worse news was yet to come.
While conducting routine x-rays, doctors noticed a dark mass in Sample’s brain, which they later determined to be an inoperable brain tumor. The 53-year-old wife and mother of three was aghast.
“I was devastated,” she said. “Very devastated.”
Sample has begun the grueling process of chemotherapy.
“I had my first one yesterday and I was like ‘I don’t know about this,’” Sample said.
“But my doctors tell me to hang in there, so I am fighting and being strong.”
Ron Sample, Beverly’s husband, said the family does not have insurance and is fretting about the possibility of mounting medical bills impairing their ability to fight the potentially fatal disease.
“I am managing the best I can,” he said.
“It’s pretty chaotic and crazy to get everything scheduled — doctors, appointments and the medication. And the medication is very expensive.”
The Sample family is holding a fundraiser in Western Gateway Park at the Buttermaker Cottage on Saturday. A Spaghetti Feed dinner is available to patrons, costing $10 for a large plate and $5 for a small plate.
“It means a lot to me,” Beverly Sample said of the community support. “You don’t even know what it means to me. Nobody would ever have a clue.”
Beverly Sample was born and raised in Grass Valley and harbors zero intention of ever leaving.
“I love it here,” she said. “That’s why I haven’t left it and why I will never leave it.”
Beverly and Ron Sample have three children Ashley, 24, Amanda, 22 and Zachary, 21 and five grandchildren, three of whom are under two years old.
“Obviously, this is not good timing,” said Amanda Sample.
Despite the difficult news, Beverly and her doctors are optimistic she can fully recuperate with treatment and a positive attitude.
“I will be able to fight it,” Beverly Sample said. “That’s what I am thinking and that is what I am hoping for. We have a lot of friends and family and they are going to help out and do what they can.”
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