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Westside families night to benefit Schaeffer

Friends and family along with staff at Westside Elementary School will host a Westside Fun for Families Night on Thursday, May 2 to help the Dan and Heidi Schaeffer family.

The family has experienced extreme and on-going hard times and stress for almost four years since Heidi was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009. She has fought hard, and after a mastectomy, hysterectomy and chemotherapy, the cancer is now in remission. However, she is still taking Herceptin monthly to keep it at bay.

In the fall of 2011 after several trips to the emergency room for severe headaches it was discovered that Heidi had several brain tumors. Within the week the largest of the tumors was removed but the others remained. Heidi has received radiation, several forms of treatment and has been prescribed many medications in hopes that the other tumors would shrink.

Dan and Heidi have two children, Kayley, age 11 and Kaitlynn, age 8. Heidi's illness and treatments have resulted in large medical bills that continue each year. Any help to relieve the financial stress that this has caused the family would be much appreciated.

Westside Family Fun night is scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 on May 2 at Westside Elementary School, 945 7th Ave W. West Fargo, The evening will feature carnival games for $5/child, pizza and salads from Santa Lucia $5/person, a one mile fun run and a silent basket auction. Ten percent of the profits at Cherry Berry in West Fargo on May 1 from 4 to 10 p.m. will also go to the Schaeffer family.

To learn more or to donate online, go to: and click on "donate"

Cash or check donations may also be sent to: Gate City Bank, 500 2nd Ave. N. P.O. Box 2847, Fargo, N.D. 58108 with checks payable to The Schaeffer Family Benefit.

DMF Lend a Hand is supporting the fundraising effort with up to $5,000 of matching funds.