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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Cancer Benefit for Michael (Fuzz) Andersen from April 24, 2010

My brotherinlaw, Michael (Fuzz) Andersen has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Bone Cancer of the jaw, lymph nodes and part of the tongue.  He underwent intensive surgery to remove the bone, and replace with a bone from his leg, .. he is now going for 6 weeks of radiation and chemo back down to Ann Arbor, MI.  They have to stay at a hotel for the duration and are dealing with the horrible piles of bills and expenses.  They have no insurance.  

So everyone participated in a raffle held  by Linda's place of work, Stephanie her co-worker and Barb her boss, really did up a huge event, food was catered in by Ma's Cafe, Brenda, and plates were $8 each.  They had live entertainment, raffles, 50/50 and a silent auction.  We all chipped in items to be raffled off.....  We brought up a trunkful of sporting goods stuff, and some homemade wool socks.  Then the handwoven rug I donated brought in a wonderful bid of $1000.00  !!    

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Library ladies selling tickets and collecting for the dinner at the door
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A contest of guessing how much firewood was in the back of this truck...  and for $2 you could guess.   It was 267 pieces?  (I think that was the total) and someone guessed 266!   They win the wood! 
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Me with my Sketti Boy! 
  granmuddah and sketti boy
Quilt Donation
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The Thousand Dollar rug!  lol
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Many tables of raffle items
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Silent Auction table
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Kitchen crew working their food magic
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great desserts made with love
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Olympian snow boarder Nick Baumgartner made an appearance
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more raffle picnic items with patio chairs donated too 
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people bought tickets and placed them in the boxes of items they wished to win
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our daugther Heather just put in another wad of tickets! 
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Me and my sister, Linda... (Schmoo) 
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Jameson colored a picture for his Uncle Fuzz
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The anonymous donor of 1,000 bucks for the rug was none other than Fuzz's own brother, Jim! 
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The event was held at the fire hall, so the kids got to go see the firetrucks at the end
(fluorescent lighting is hard on the focus of the camera) 
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Nephews Dar-Bear (Darren) and Matt-toot (Matt) being their own goofy selves....
dar bear and matt toot
Darren won this hat.. .but later gave it to niece Allison because she really really wanted it... how cute! 
dar bear modeling his new hat


  1. It is sad we have to have these fundraisers..yet this look like an awesome one! That quilt was beautiful!!

    Cindy and Walker

  2. Oooops sorry Cindy, I didn't have the words on the blog post yet when you read it. I had to add them later because I hit PUBLISH too soon!~ ACK!

  3. Hope is all I can offer. Many years ago, when I did outdoor art and craft fairs, I Knew a woman who had bone cancer in her jaw. With treatment she survived. They removed half of her face.

    My hope for your brother inlaw's survival is well intended.

  4. Hey that is okay..now I understand the who!! I am so sorry. We will keep him in our prayers.


  5. What an amazing post, Karen. Thanks for posting the story and so many photos. It was just like being there. I hope enough money was raised to help your family out with these extreme expenses. God Bless all of you.

  6. It looks like the community really came forward for Michael. Hoping he will do well.


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