Sometimes recovery takes a tribe.
Karen Dameron learned in June her Hodgkin's Lymphoma had return. And, she would soon learn her treatments in St. Louis were not fully covered through insurance.
So friends organized the "Karen's Tribe: Funding the Fight" fundraiser to take a concern off her plate.
A silent auction will begin before the fundraiser, at 1 p.m. Saturday, and continue through the event. The actual fundraiser, consisting of a pork steak dinner, raffle, auctions and live entertainment, is on tap for 4-7 p.m., at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 314 N. High St., in California. The cost is $18 for adults, and $9 for children 10 and younger. Kael Wade will provide live entertainment.
Close friends and family such as Karen Phillips, Tracy Upschulte, Shelly Hampton, Tammy Bleich and Alicia Carpenter started planning the event this past summer.
"The goal of the fundraiser is to ease the financial burden that inevitably comes whenever someone experiences significant medical events," event organizers wrote in a statement. "Even when you are insured there is no guarantee that all your expenses are covered. ... Our goal is to raise money to assist with medical deductibles and co-pays, required travel expenses including gas and car maintenance, as well as accommodations that will be required for several weeks following her release from the hospital."
Dameron received her first Hodgkin's lymphoma diagnosis in February 2020, the statement said. She announced her remission in September 2021, but the cancer had returned by June. With its return came regular trips to St. Louis to prepare for a stem cell transplant.
According to the Mayo Clinic, Hodgkin's lymphoma is a form of cancer that affects the lymphatic system, a part of the immune system, causing white blood cells to grow out of control. However, "(a)dvances in diagnosis and treatment of Hodgkin's lymphoma have helped give people with this disease the chance for a full recovery."
Organizers said donations for the auction will be accepted until Saturday. For more information, visit the "Karen's Tribe - Funding the Fight" Facebook page or contact a committee member.