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p ,,o 9 ; I'.lt' Thursday, July 15, 2010 L Tri-Coun News ~! ~i~i!~/, ~ i~ Several dozen riders and drivers participated in a bike/car run Saturday, July 10. The run started and ended at the Kimball Legion, and proceeds will help Kate Stewart-James and her family with medical expenses. Although storm clouds loomed, it was a near-perfect day. Staff photos by Jean Doran Matua. Roger Stewart with daughter Kate and wife Candy. Kate has had a re- currence of leukemia and will receive a bone marrow transplant next month. (Older sister Samantha was busy at the benefit and is not in this photo. Mike Schlueter and Raymond Wells roasted two pigs overnight for the pulled pork sandwiches served at Kate's benefit Saturday evening. hest Currently, Kate is receiving chemother- apy and radiation treatments at the Uni' reets of Kimball rumbled versity of Minnesota Hospital. She has Saturday morning with the sound of 78 motorcyclists and a number of collector cars riding northward and then westward out of town. These riders and drivers gathered at the Kimball Legion Club early Saturday as part of a benefit for Kate Stewart-James and her family. They rode or drove from Kimball on a 100-mile trek that took them to LaLa's in South Haven, Club Almar in St. Augusta, Pearl Lake Lodge in Marty, Doochie's Bar in St. Martin, Bud's Bar in Watkins, and back to the Kimball Legion where a roast- hog dinner, live music, and silent auction: awaited. Riders signed up starting at 9 a.m. Sat- urday. Pastor David Milz led the group in prayer at 10 before they all hit the road, even as storm clouds tried to gather. Nearly 400 people, including the riders and drivers, gathered Saturday evening for the pork dinner and to enjoy the music of local band "Pandemic." The focus of this event is Kate Stewart- James, a 15-year-old resident of Kimball. Kate was diagnosed with leukemia in 2007. She endured numerous treatments - and the emotional and physical rollercoaster ride on which those treatments placed her and her family. At the end of her treatments, in 2009, Kate was in remission. But, in the midst of softball season this spring, Kate noticed she had back pain and increased fatigue. A trip to the doctor confirmed that the leukemia was back. been either in the hospital or at the Ron- aid McDonald House in Minneapolis since May. Kate is scheduled for a bone mar- row transplant next month and, if all goes according to plan, she and her family will be home by Christmas. Kate,s older sister Samantha is in col- lege. Their mother, Candy Stewart-James, and father, Roger Stewart, have adjusted their lives considerably around hospital visits and treatment schedules. Roger has been driving back and forth to the hospital nearly every day, and Candy has been able to adjust her work schedule (at Hilltop Care Center in Watkins) so she can spend time in Minneapolis with Kate. "I believe that almost always people do the best they can with what they have in any given situation," said Candy. "In the case of Kate and her battle, Roger, Sammi and I have been blessed and humbled to see people- friends, family, strangers, doc- tors, nurses, volunteers, and Kate herself- at their very best, giving of their love and time and talents with spiritual, moral and financial support. This isn't the first time that the community has shown us this kind of overwhelming support, and I hope everyone knows that we never take it for granted. Thank you SO MUCH! Please con- tinue to pray for Kate as we give thanks to God for all the kindness we have received." You can follow along with Kate's jour- ney at . By ]ean Doran Matua, Editor i con ch0t www.diversicom.net 764-7600