Miracle for Macy: Saturday plate meals support 9-year-old’s cancer battle

Published 12:14 am Wednesday, May 30, 2018

LAPLACE — Anna Guidry wants parents to be aware of even the smallest changes in their child’s health, knowing from experience that a doctor’s visit can change a family’s future in the blink of an eye.

When 9-year-old Macy Guidry began snoring loudly and showing signs of inflamed tonsils near the end of April, Anna sought advice from an ears, nose and throat specialist.

If Anna had brushed off her daughter’s symptoms, doctors wouldn’t have seen the malignant tumor growing behind Macy’s tonsils. Children’s Hospital wouldn’t have helped her family draft a 42-week chemotherapy plan to be followed by rounds of radiation.

In less than one month, Macy has navigated her life changing from tumbling and cheer to blood transfusions and 12-day hospital stays.

Anna and Chad Guidry moved their family from LaPlace to Prairieville in 2012, but friends and family are hosting a benefit in St. John the Baptist Parish to raise funds for Macy’s medical, living and travel expenses.

From 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, the public is invited to purchase $10 plate dinners at Baba’s Sports Bar & Grill at 509 Main St. in LaPlace.

Catered by Sarg’s Mobile Smoke House, dinners include BBQ chicken, corn, salad, bell pepper dressing and bread. Dinners will be ready at 5 p.m. and are sold for pick-up only.

Kyle Labat will perform live music at the venue from 6 to 9 p.m., and there will be a $500 raffle drawing at the restaurant.

Nine-year-old Macy Guidry’s family includes Anna, Tyler and Chad Guidry.

“Cancer picked the wrong girl” T-shirts are available for purchase at any time for $20, and bracelets will be on sale for $2.

Shirts come in magenta and turquoise, Macy’s favorite colors, and range in size from youth small to adult XL. Adult 2XL and 3XL sizes are available for a small added cost.

Contact A   Miracle for Macy on Facebook for more information and for updates on her story.

Outgoing and fiercely independent, Macy is coping well given the circumstances, Anna said. Sacrificing some of her independence is one of the biggest challenges she faces.

Anna said the community response has been overwhelming.

“To see so many people wanting to do good by her shows us that Macy is loved by so many people,” Anna said. “All of the support and prayers means the world to us.”

Moving forward, she and her family will use social media as a platform to continue advocating for parents to keep a close eye on their children’s health.

For more information about the LaPlace benefit, call 504-258-3296 or 985-210-5416.