Spaghetti Feed Benefit set for Ken Lammers
A special Spaghetti Feed Benefit, Silent Auction and Bake Sale Benefit is being planned for Ken Lammers on Wednesday, July 25, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 210 5th Ave. W., West Fargo.
Lammers was diagnosed with a high grade form of sarcoma in February and has been receiving treatment at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Just recently, he began a new round of inpatient treatment every three weeks for a minimum of four treatments, at Roger Maris Cancer Center, Fargo.
Lammers and his wife, Joan (Jo) are longtime Reiles Acres residents and parishioners at Blessed Sacrament Church. They are both employed at the Veterans Administration Center in Fargo; and are the parents of three daughters: Christina, a student; Jenell , employed by the Flint Group in Fargo; and Kimberly who works for John Deere in Dubuque, Iowa.
According to friend and neighbor Sheila Gibbs, who is one of three lead volunteers helping coordinate the event, Lammers prognosis is good and he's doing relatively well. In May he underwent major surgery on his thigh, where the cancer originated; he has been taking short walks around the neighborhood, has been in really good spirits, and is anxious to complete what he hopes to be his last phase of the treatment journey.
As a result of travel and treatments, Ken and Jo are facing emotional and financial hardship due to the substantial medical and travel costs incurred. All proceeds from the event will go toward helping defray the cost of out-of-pocket medical expenses.
Lammers family members are hoping to attend, including Ken, if he is feeling up to it.
Blessed Sacrament Music Ministry Friends and Family, the choir group at Blessed Sacrament of which Ken is a member, is sponsoring the event.
There will be a variety of silent auction items donated by individuals and local businesses, including numerous gift certificates to restaurants and other businesses. There are many gift baskets for men, women and children as well as several clothing items.
There will also be two boards, one for a homemade quilt handmade by parishioner Isabel Liska, and the other for a Henry .22 cal. Repeating Rifle.
The spaghetti meal will be a freewill donation. Those who can't attend but would still like to make a contribution can do so online at www.dakmed.org/lendahand click on donate; or by mailing a donation to Ken Lammers Benefit Fund, Gate City Bank, PO Box 2847, Fargo, N.D. 58108. DMF Lend A Hand will be providing up to $5000 in matching funds.
Everyone is welcome and encouraged to take in the evening of food, fun and fellowship.