Annual Baileyville Benefit to be held
Submitted by Diane Schmitz
The annual Baileyville Benefit Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 24 and Sunday, Feb. 25, at Nemaha Central High School in Seneca. Please join us anytime during the weekend. There are various foods to eat, games to watch, and chances to buy; and the kids can spin the wheel. There will again be a silent auction that will run until 3 p.m. Sunday. The live auction will start approximately at 5:30 on Sunday evening.
The benefit would not be a success without the help of the numerous businesses and individuals that donate their time, talents or gifts for the auctions, chances, concessions and kids’ games. The proceeds for the 2018 benefit are going to Frank Hulsing, Eric Holthaus, Dan Kramer and Team Schnak.
Frank was diagnosed in October 2017 with Stage Four Neuroendocrine anal cancer with metastasis to the liver. Neuroendocrine cancer is a rare cancer representing approximately 1 percent of malignancies of the anal canal. Frank began his first round of chemotherapy on Nov. 2, 2017. Each round includes three days in succession every 18 days for a total of six rounds at the Cotton O’Neil Cancer Center in Topeka.
In mid-January, new scans were conducted to see how Frank’s cancer was responding to the treatment. Most of the tumors have shrunk 50 percent or more. Frank will complete the sixth chemo treatment the week of the benefit. New scans will be ran after the sixth treatment to see if the tumors have decreased more in size. Depending on the results of the scans, there has been discussions concerning radiation, more chemotherapy, immunotherapy or participating in a clinical trial to mitigate the cancer.
Eric Holthaus was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Burkitt Lymphoma on Oct. 3. It was Stage Four and very aggressive but had a good curable rate with a very rigorous and tough chemo regimen. He began his first round of chemo treatments at Stormont Vail on Oct. 4 and had to be hospitalized for 10 days. He must be hospitalized for each round of treatments for five to six days.
His chemo regimen includes a total of eight rounds of treatments three weeks apart so he’s hoping to wrap up treatments in the middle of March if everything goes according to plan. He has battled normal side effects, which have resulted in emergency room visits and additional hospital stays. A pet scan was completed after round four of treatments, and it showed no cancer cells so the treatments and prayers are working!
As you probably know, Eric drives a truck for a living and does over-the-road, long hauls to mainly the Midwest region. He does his own maintenance and has no other drivers. Eric was told he cannot drive his truck and make these long hauls during his treatments. With that said, Eric expects to be out of the work for at least seven to eight months.
On June 25, 2017, Dan Kramer suffered a hemorrhagic stroke. He was transported to Nemaha Valley Community Hospital where he was intubated and transferred by air ambulance to Stormont Vail Community Hospital where immediate brain surgery was performed. Dan stayed in ICU for 10 days and on the floor for another 10 days. He was moved to Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln on July 15. In late August, he was transferred to Eastridge in Centralia. He came home on Nov. 2.
Dan’s early prognosis was bleak. His survival and recovery have been a true miracle. With the aid of physical, occupational, and speech therapy, he has pushed past every obstacle. Dan is working toward independent living, and he hopes to return to doing everything that he loves.
Team Schnak was started by Kent Schnakenberg in 2015 as a way to help his niece, Michelle, who was diagnosed with Type One Diabetes seven years ago. Kent and his wife, Natalie, work together to spread awareness of Type One Diabetes and the symptoms, as well as raise money for research.
Kent has visited 49 states and participated in 21 bike rides around the USA. Kent has spoken at several schools in northeast Kansas and connected with many families in the area who have children with this disease. Team Schnak uses the money they raise to fund research and helps families with the extreme cost of living with this disease. Kent has worked in NE Kansas for 43 years with Navrat Office Supply.
Team Schnak is extremely honored to be chosen as one of the beneficiaries for this year’s benefit. Fifty percent of the funds received will be donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and 50 percent will be distributed to families in the area to be used how they choose to help cover the expenses of living with this disease.
We hope to see you sometime during the benefit!