CHARLESTOWN - Sandi Puchalski’s life changed forever during the Christmas season of 2007.
The Charlestown resident first felt a cancerous tumor inside her when her horse, Ms. Jazzie, pushed her up against a barn wall. She had found the life threatening mass in time, and was able to win a fight against the deadly disease.
“She pushed me up against the stall one day, I felt something, and sure enough it was there,” Puchalski said.
Now cancer-free, Puchalski has taken a righteous path to help others who have had to fight the same battle she did. She is an involved member of Colors For a Cause, a cancer awareness group that takes retired service vehicles, such as fire engines, ambulances and military trucks, and turns them into reminders of the people that are working to fight against cancer every day.
Puchalski made a significant impact in the life of a young boy from Louisiana named Brennan Daigle during the final chapter of his life.
Brennan was 10 when he became terminally ill and was given two weeks to live in early 2011. Puchalski found out about himt hrough a Facebook group, and immediately began helping. Eventually, she helped organize a convoy of military trucks, including one dedicated to Brennan, that drove across Texas to Louisiana to a make a fatally sick boy’s dream come true.
Brennan lived 12 more weeks before he passed in May.
“It was a miracle,” Puchalski said.
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