Online Staff Report
Craig Brinkmeier of Lena, Ill., is a young man who has been bravely fighting a battle with cancer for the last 11 years. In 2003, Craig, then 21, was diagnosed with a central nervous system germinoma tumor, on his pituitary gland behind his right eye. He has gone through 18 series of chemotherapy and 18 radiation treatments.
Then, in 2004, he suffered a subdural hematoma and once again underwent emergency surgery to relieve the pressure and heal the blood vessel. In November 2012, Craig was diagnosed with a trans femoral sarcoma and underwent seven series of chemotherapy, and his lower right leg was amputated above the knee.
At this time, Craig is cancer free but not free of remaining medical and travel expenses that have accumulated. He is also “bonding” with his newly-fitted prosthetic leg.
A benefit to help Craig offset medical and travel expenses will be held Saturday, June 14, beginning with a 5K walk/run at Lena Lions Park. Registration fee is $25 (includes T-shirt) and begins at 9 a.m. The walk/run starts at 10. Preregistration can also be filled out at Citizens State Bank, 102 W. Main St., Lena.
Other activities will be held at the Iron Horse Tap, 137 W. Railroad. Check-in for a Bags Tournament will be at 12:30 p.m. A live auction will be at 5 p.m. Silent auction items will be available to bid on until 9 p.m. Other attractions include a money raffle, live music, food and drink available throughout the day.
The Benefit Committee will be accepting direct donations and silent auction donations. If you have not been contacted and are interested in donating, call Danielle Kempel at (815) 990-8059 or Connie Kempel at (815) 360-2811 or (815) 369-4311. A memorial account is also set up at Citizens State Bank for cash donations.
Any cash or prize donations will be appreciated. For general information, contact Chelsea White at (815) 275-3997.
Posted June 11, 2014