NEWPORT, RI—According to Michaela Crudele, of Jamestown, her friend Eileen Tiexiera is battling leukemia, and she fights “like the Irish.”
Her supporters are holding a Newport fundraiser on March 25 to help pay medical expenses.
“At first glance, you may recognize Eileen Tiexiera as an active member of the Jamestown community,” Ashley Stetson, another Tiexiera friend wrote. “Those who know her can say she selflessly helps others, is a loving mother and lives life to the fullest. However, right in the middle of the holiday season, life seemed to stop. A concerning red mark that did not fade after a month prompted a doctor’s visit. When lab results came back, she was rushed to Newport Hospital and then was transferred to Rhode Island Hospital.”
It wasn’t good news.
“Eileen was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Philadelphia Chromosome Positive,” Crudele said. Doctors let her know just before the holidays on Dec. 16.
“But that hasn’t stopped her from smiling,” Stetson said.
“It is not just her courageous mindset that keeps Eileen powering through this hard time but also her support system,” Stetson said. Her husband Steve Tiexiera, a volunteer firefighter in Jamestown, and the couple’s three children, Rebekah, Kyle, a Portsmouth firefighter, Christian, a North Kingstown firefighter, have rallied around her. Plus, she has many friends.
They are planning “Going Green for Eileen,” a fundraiser set for 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on March 25 at the Elks Club, Bellevue Avenue, Newport. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door and can be purchased at the fire departments in Jamestown, Newport, North Kingstown and Portsmouth or at Baker’s Pharmacy in Jamestown.
All proceeds will be donated to Eileen’s fight against leukemia and her bone marrow transplant, Crudele said.
For more information, call 862-3186 or visit facebook.com/eileentiexiera online.
It’s called “going green” because the event is Irish themed to celebrate Eileen’s love for her heritage, Crudele said.
In her letter, Stetson briefly spoke about Tiexiera’s life.
“Eileen holds an administrative position at St. Georges in Middletown and previously worked for the Birthing Center Nursing Staff at Newport Hospital for over 25 years. Her purpose does not stop with just work. Eileen has been a volunteer for the VOSH Mission program for 18 years where she has traveled to Central America to provide medical attention to those in need. In addition to the VOSH program, she also dedicates her time to the Jimmy Fund as a volunteer or participating in walks to show her support.
In addition to her extensive resume, Eileen enjoys living a healthy, active lifestyle. She has competed in multiple marathons including the Marine Corps. Marathon in Washington D.C. When it’s time to relax, you can find her cheering on any New England sports team. However, her cheers may be louder for her beloved Red Sox than any other team.
Whether it is participating in events as a volunteer, walking to support the cause or finding some way to bring peace and reassurance to someone she is helping, Eileen has shown her resilience to fight for others who do not have that opportunity. Now, it is our turn to put on our capes and lend a hand to a woman who exceeds expectations and doesn’t think twice about helping others.”
Expect a good time at the fundraiser, she added.
“There will be live music from local bands, raffles and a silent auction taking place throughout the night.
“Although proceeds and donations are an essential portion to the event, Eileen’s youngest son, Christian, reminds us that there is more to it.
“‘The fundraiser will be beneficial in so many ways,’ said Christian. ‘The support and compassion that we’ve been shown from family, friends and complete strangers is indescribable.'”