Former hometown girl Amber (Harris) Williams was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Philadelphia in October 2016. The family would like to invite the community to a Benefit Dinner/Pie Auction/Dance on March 18 to assist Amber and Josh with financial needs.

Former hometown girl Amber (Harris) Williams was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Philadelphia in October 2016. Amber, husband Josh, along with their children Bryce and Makyanna, live in Clarendon, Texas. Amber was a second grade school teacher at Clarendon Elementary when she got the devastating news of the diagnosis of leukemia.

Amber grew up in Las Animas with her mom and dad, Richard and Connie Harris and her brother Adam. Within one day of the diagnosis Amber was admitted to M.D. Anderson in Houston, Texas, where she began her cancer treatment. Amber's current treatment is expected to last 38 months, with the first eight months being intensive chemotherapy both oral and through IVs.

Amber is admitted to the hospital in Houston for chemo cycles four to five days at a time. Depending upon her health, in between cycles at times she has been able to return home to Clarendon and travels to the Cancer Center in Amarillo a minimum of three times per week for outpatient treatment.

Amber's goal has been for her children to remain in a stable environment and thanks to family and friends has been able to keep the kids in their own beds at night while she travels for treatment. Many hours of driving and flying time becomes the life of a family fighting cancer.

Due to the seriousness of her diagnosis, Amber is unable to work. Medical costs, expenses for travel to and stays in Houston, and other incidentals have stretched their finances. An account has been established at the First National Bank of Las Animas. Anyone wishing to donate to the fund may do so by indicating the account set up under: Connie Harris for the Benefit of Amber Williams.

The family would like to invite the community to a Benefit Dinner/Pie Auction/Dance on March 18 to assist Amber and Josh with financial needs. The event will be held at St. Mary's Hall at Highway 50 and Elm in Las Animas.

Dinner served from 5 to 7 p.m.; pie auction at 7 p.m. (25 pies have been donated by friends of the family); dance begins at 8 p.m. provided by Fred Darnell and the Country Gold Band.

Words cannot express the appreciation that the family has felt for the continued outpouring of prayers, time and monetary help from the extended communities of Las Animas and Clarendon. Thank You. The continued journey will not be easy, but with love and support the family is hopeful for a positive end to this story. If you would like to send a card or note, Amber's address is 12850 FM 2471, Clarendon, TX 79226.