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Thursday, January 17, 2013 Community Tri-County News Central Minn. : i -',..' ........... Isaac's Foundation support for childhood cancer Childhood Cancer to date remains the #1 disease killer of America's children and yet remains underfunded. Every donation truly does make a differ- ence in the life of a child that has been affected by childhood can- cer. At the end of each year, we gather our team together to give a gift of monetary support to the U of M. ALL of our funds raised are committed to the advance- ment and cure of childhood can- cer research. Since Isaac's Foundation began in January of 2008, more than $145,000 has been donated to the University of Minnesota. Isaac!s Foundation has reached a level of support with the U of M where our research dollars have been distrib- uted upon much needed programs overseen by our Medical Advisory Committee, Pediatric Hematolo- gist Oncologist Drs. Joseph Neglia and Brenda Weigel. While some of our funds are immediately dispersed for cur- rent and on-going research, a por- tion of our funds is contributed to Isaac's HOPE Fund for Curing Childhood Cancer, an Endow- ment Chair. It is our goal and hope of establishing an endowment chair to ensure that researchers have continued funding to keep studies going and keep dissemi- nating what they're learning-far beyond the University. It is impor- tant to us that we not only support the Research of today, but insure that we have funds to support those advancements for tomor- row, giving every child the bright future they deserve. In 2012 the research priorities that Isaac's Foundation has con--. tributed to the University of Min- nesota Amplatz has helped fund: Developing new therapies for patients with brain tumors, opti- mizing the development of tumor targeting vaccines and expanding clinical trials to test in pediatric patients with brain tumors. Developing and expanding the pediatric leukemia program to develop new drug and drug com- binations for patients with diffi- cult to treat leukemias. Expanding new therapies for Neuroblastoma with the opening of MIBG therapy and other tar- geted agents. Studies to enhance tbe qual- ity of life of survivors of childhood cancer. Running a non-profit Foun- dation is exhausting. It takes a lot of time and effort from an entire team of dedicated individuals. I have thought to myself often, especially with the still yet raw emotions of losing my own son Isaac nearly six years ago that I just want to quit. Not because I'm lazy, but because it's too hard emotionally as we all put every- thing we have into it. When Isaac was diagnosed that same year Jocelyn Dickhoff of Belgrade was diagnosed as well. Through our children's journey Jocelyn's mom, Kayla and I became close. We have a bond only mothers with children having cancer can understand. Sadly Isaac didn't survive his bat- tle with cancer and passed in Jan- uary of 2008. Jocelyn earned her status of NED (No Evidence of Dis- ease), but relapsed again in April of 2010. Jocelyn's family was given the not so good news that she had run out of options if her treatment didn't work and had less then a 5-percent chance of surviving long term. However, ]ocelyn once again beat her cancer and again gained NED status. Two years ago, she had exhausted all options known to treat her type of cancer, but with her recent relapse in October (3rd relapse) because of the advance- ments we've made in research, she now has 3 more options to Aqua Jills 12-18-12 Win loss AM Maus 7 0 Aqua Lanes 5 2 Kimball Rescue 4 3 Gohmann's Foods 3 4 Stuve Auto 2 5 FHE 0 7 Scores 160 and higher: Sheri Gohmann 171; Bonnie Rossman 182; Kristy Imholte 189; Lynn Adolph 178; Karla Adolph 194; Megan Truenow 192. Commercial League 1-3-13 SOBs 128.5 63.5 KFD 115 77 Kim-Built 107.5 84.5 Tiple R 106.5 85.5 Main Street Pub 98.5 85.5 H & S Geothermal 72 120 H &S Heating/AC 69 123 Weekly top ten: Dwight Vinar 228, 222, 204, 654; Preston Fischer 248, 638; Eric Donnay 226, 214, 618; Jer- emy Salzbrun 226, 576; Jason Salz- brun 569; Matt Weisman 206, 565; Aaron Winter 558; Kelly Danelke 551; Mark Serbus 206, 545; Andy Mackereth 203, 525. Aqua Belles 1-7-13 Main Street Pub 35 14 Holly's House of Hair 29 20 Everything Signs 27 22 Tessmers Gravel Gals 25 24 MGD's - 16 33 Red Goat 15 34 150 games and over: Lisa Kickhafer 167; Pat Brandt 152; Renita Rohloff 156; Annette Lang 181; Jodi Vinar 198, 193, 182; Katie Beck 158, 150, 192; Diane Spiczka 167; Jill Miller 151; Joanna Mackereth 190; Tara Adolph 154; Jess Walz 151; Tineya Lammersen 165; Megan mack- ereth 163; Julie vinar 190. 450 series and over: ]odi Vinar 573; katie Beck 500; Julie Vinar 464. Tri-County 1-9-13 Vinar'sCabinet 99.5 28.5 Krippner Cust. Pump. 62 66 Blue Moose Bar/Grill 61 67 Kimball Legion 61 67 Custom Towing 54.5 73.5 Ameriprise Financial 46 82 Week 19 high games 210 or bet- ter: Gordy Schreifels 247, 229, 222; Dave Kloepner 236; Steve Becker 222; Ben Leither 214; Dwight Vinar 213; Brian Mackereth 211; Joe Asfeld 211. High series: Gordy Schreifels 698; Dwight Vinar 607. Town and Country 1-11-13 Weisman Racing 72 40 Gagnon Landscaping 64 48 Looman's Constr. 57 55 Vinar's Cabinet 50.5 61.5 Triple D Farm 48.5 63.5 Aqua Lanes 44 68 Week 18 high games 210 or better: Iason Lueders 245, 233; Dwight Vinar 236, 219; Jesse Bogatzki 236; Dean Schmidt 233, 222; Dave Kloepner 226; Steve Becker 223; Gordy Schreifels 213; Andy Mack- ereth 213. High series: Dean Schmidt 644; Dwight Vinar 625; Dave Kloepner 624; Jason Lueders 618; Andy Mackereth 600. Page 17 HHH]]]H]]] Isaac's Foundation Team participants are, left to right in front row: Jayden Lieser, Dominic Lieser, Childhood Cancer survivor of Neuroblastoma Gavin Klocker (Eden Valley/Watkins), Chelsy Hendershot, Childhood Cancer Surivivor of Ewing's Sarcoma Ryan Prow (Sauk Rapids). In middle row are Tracy Scherping, Sandy Niehoff, Presdient Chrystal Sand, Founder/Executive Director Linda Nathe-Lieser, Josh Lieser, Secretary Mary Hemmesch, Treasurer Jessica Wenker. In back row are Deb Essler, Amanda Goerdt & Joni Prow. Not present are vice-president Kim Buntjer along with many, many other volunteers. Submitted photo. try. Tears of sadness engulfed me over the phone call that Joce- lyn relapsed, but ! had even more tears fall when I realized that she had options where 2 years ago she didn't. It made me realize that scheduled chemo treatments. Even though she has options, she is still given a less then 5-per- cent chance of long term survival because of her multiple relapses, but as a parent who knows the in my long days of my own grief loss of a child, I'd give anything for that we can't quit because Isaac's just one more day with my child Foundation really does make a and that is worth it. Who knows, difference, because of the efforts Isaac's Joceyln was unable to take part Foundation makes, maybe the in this year's picture because of next time she'll have a cure! KES fish fry Fifth- and sixth- grade teachers from Kimball had their hands full- and sometimes wet and dirty. Melissa Her- rington, Theresa Niemi, Patti Bauerly and Mary Bernardy were a bit like shepherds Friday night, Jan. 4, for their annual fish fry fundraiser. After years of experience, they had a carefully planned list of workers and jobs for the two shifts of the evening. Parents and students did their assigned jobs and more, making the evening a great success. A total of 472 all-you- can-eat fish dinners were sold that night. Proceeds from the din- ner will help offset expenses for the fifth- and sixth-grade field trips this spring: fifth grade to Duluth, Giants Ridge, and the Soudan Underground Mine, and sixth grade to Deep Portage Learning Center. "It's wonderful," said Mrs. Herrington. "The kids had fun. Some even made tips." She added that with- out the great help from students and parents, they wouldn't have this success. Third-time fish fry parent Karla Davis commended the great community support. She added that this is a wonderful example of partnering with a local business (Generations Ballroom) for a fundraiser. It's also a good way to get to know other parents. Fifth-grader Tori Harren said, 'Tm here repre- senting my class and my aunt (Kerry Johnson-Nolan, Our 6th Ann.ual Chili Feed will be held in Sauk Centre at Gerard's Saturday, March 23, where we will continue to raise money to sup- port Childhood Cancer Research, all are welcome! For more details visit www.isaacsfoundation.org. Our ultimate goal is a big one: We want to be able to Cure Child- hood Cancer, and with the support of our community, we are one day closer to making that happen. There was an abundance of help Jan. 4 for the annual KES fish fry. Here, a bunch of dads batter and fry up the fish for the Kimball fifth- and sixth-grade fish fry that raises money for their spring field trips up north. There were plen- ty of moms and students working hard out in the dining area, too. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua. co-owner of Generations)." Sixth-graders Casey Gohmann and Trevor Combs were busy cleaning tables on their two-hour shift. They said their field trips help build friendship and trust in one another. Thanks go out to all 472 people who came out to eat some great flied pollock; to the many students who came out to bus tables and run around a lot helping; to the parents who were dedicated to help- ing, whether it was their first time or seventh. Thanks to Generations Ballroom for the use of their wonder- ful facilities. Most of all, thanks to the four fearless teachers who pulled it all together!