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Benefit set for Wednesday for Jerry Liska

Jerry Liska’s battle with cancer began in 2008 when he was diagnosed with merkel cell carcinoma, a rare skin cancer. Following surgery in 2009 to remove a tumor from his hand, he underwent radiation treatment and the cancer went into remission. In November 2013, he was again diagnosed with the same cancer, but this time it had metastasized to his liver. Liska is currently undergoing an intense chemotherapy treatment.

Liska retired as a mason after his diagnosis. He was a longtime member of the Bricklayers Union.

He and his wife, Isabel, have been married for 52 years and have three grown children. His friends are hosting a benefit for him today to help defray growing expenses from his battle with cancer.

A baked potato supper with silent auction and raffle boards will be held from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church, 210 5th Ave. W. in West Fargo. The benefit will include a free-will offering baked potato supper with all the toppings, a silent auction and raffle boards to win items such as an autographed North Dakota State University Bision 2013 team football, gift baskets, a spa day, custom-made games and a quilt.

Lend-A-Hand, a program of Dakota Medical Foundation, is providing up to $5,000 of matching funds to provide more help for the family.

Online donations may be made at

Cash/check donations payable to Jerry Liska Benefit may be sent to Bell State Bank, 409 Sheyenne St., West Fargo, ND 58078.