EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The National Cancer Institute estimates 12,340 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer by the end of this year. Of those women, it says more than 4,000 will die.
But there's an effort Wednesday involving a local business and current and even past employees. They have come back to work without pay to raise awareness on preventing the disease, and to help a young woman who's fighting for her life.
It's Wristband Wednesday at Action City, but organizers said you get to name your own price with 100 percent of the donations given to Stefanie Irwin Glinainy who is fighting cervical cancer.
Her sister Amanda Irwin said the 27-year-old is battling a very rare and aggressive form of cancer.
"She was diagnosed in April and treatment pretty much started right away after that," said Irwin.
A month before getting diagnosed, newly wed Glinainy and her husband bought a house.
"They had a little bit of a honey moon period but then unfortunately this happened," said Irwin.
Now on top of it, the cost of chemotherapy, treatments and surgeries, then take away half of the household income.
"She's had to take a leave of absence from work just because treatment has been such an ongoing process.," said Irwin who is three years younger than her sister.
Irwin, who used to work at Action City, came to general manager Benny Anderson and asked if there's anything they can do to help.
"The Irwin's are the type of people that would never ask you for anything, that would do anything for you," said Anderson. "100 percent of the donation goes to our friend Stefanie Glinany, Stefanie Irwin as we know her, to support her fight against cancer."
Friends Irwin and Glinany said it is an effort to get the word out about cervical cancer.
"Her medical bills are thorugh the roof so anything can help," said hotel general manager Amanda Conley.
"A little bit of money and effort would help. We'd do that of course. That doesn't solve anything but it may ease a little bit of hardship," said co-owner of Metropolis Resort Mark Steil.
"To be able to have these benefits to kind of ease that financial burden has been such a relief, just such a good feeling to know that people are willing to help out and donate and do good things for someone like our family," said Irwin.
Other efforts to help Glinainy's cause is a volleyball tournament raising $2,000 and Anderson pulled a fun stunt, as requested by his employees, to wear a speedo while life guarding at the resort, raising $9,000.