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Benefit Feb. 21 planned for Cutler, Kaiser and Upah families

February 18, 2009
Margaret Thomsen, News Correspondent


"Hands Reaching Out Benefit Soup Supper" is planned for Floyd and Cindy Cutler, Kelly and Rose Kaiser and Dan and Julie Upah. The benefit will be held at the Garwin High School Cafeteria from 4-8 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 21.

Organizers of the event are Steve and Karen Boege, Darrell and Linda Novotny and Wayne and Carol Dvorak. Donations may be made to the benefit at the Lincoln Savings Bank in Garwin.

Carol Dvorak said, "These people have been a part of the community and done so much for everyone else, we just felt compelled to do something." Ironically the families affected are all related. Rose Kaiser and siblings Floyd and Julie are all first cousins.

Floyd Cutler

Floyd Cutler discovered he had Stage IV bone cancer after he suffered a broken rib that wouldn't heal. The primary source of the cancer has not been determined. Tests were begun in Cedar Rapids and with a faster time frame in mind, Floyd and Cindy traveled to the Cancer Treatment Center of America in Zion Ill., on Jan. 7, 2009.

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To Go Info:

What-"Hands Reaching Out Benefit Soup Supper" for Floyd and Cindy Cutler, Kelly and Rose Kaiser and Dan and Julie Upah & families

When- Saturday, Feb. 21, 4-8 p.m.

Where- Garwin High School Cafeteria

A week of intense tests began and radiation was started on the hip, where the most pain was. Nine treatments were finished and Floyd contracted meningitis or a severe infection and a fungus developed in the lungs - along with a multitude of complications.

Multiple trips to the ER led to hospitalization at Zion. Five days after being hospitalized he was transferred to ICU where he spent another one and a half weeks. As of press time Floyd has just been transferred to a regular room.

Radiation has been resumed. It takes away a lot of the intense pain and fights the cancer. Plans are to return to Garwin in a couple of weeks and then make trips back to Zion for the chemo.

Cindy has been with Floyd continuously and relayed by phone. "We are so humbled by the benefit. But Garwin has always risen to the occasion with everybody pitching in. It's more like family than neighbors."

Floyd and Cindy have one son, Sonny, who is a senior at Central College in Pella. He is majoring in music and plans on pursuing his masters in education. His plans are to teach instrumental music.

Rose Kaiser

Rose Kaiser was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer in August of 2008. Surgery was performed at Mary Greeley Medical Center with a lumpectomy being performed and 16 lymph nodes removed. Two nodes contained cancer.

Rose began her first round of chemo in September, receiving treatments every two weeks for four times. A second set was every week for 12 weeks. Currently the treatments have been suspended because the chemo has reduced her heart's pumping to 35 percent.

She has been hospitalized different times at Ames with treatment complications. Plans are for Rose to start radiation for 33 consecutive days in Ames. Her heart condition is being monitored at Ames.

Rose said, "Following a routine doctor checkup, a mammogram was scheduled where a suspicious spot was later found to be cancerous. I always had regular mammograms and then skipped a year. We have no family history of breast cancer."

Rose added, "Weve appreciated all the support and prayers from families and friends, it has encouraged us to keep up our faith and hope."

Kelly and Rose are the parents of four children. Natalie lives in Ankeny and works with developmentally challenged persons. Nichole and her husband, JC Welton, live in Cedar Rapids and are the parents of 16 month old Colton. Another little baby boy is expected any minute.

Natosha is attending UNI and is majoring in elementary education. Wyatt is a junior at GMG High School.

Dan Upah

Dan Upah began his battle in January of 2008 when he was diagnosed with non small cell adenoma carcinoma lung cancer.

His left lung was removed at Mercy in Des Moines. In February he sought treatment at Zion Cancer Treatment Center of America in Zion, Ill. He received chemo and radiation February through April and began a second round in June, July and August. The June and September scans were clean.

Then in December a spot of the cancer was found in Dan's right hip. A regimen of radiation was begun in Cedar Rapids and after two weeks of the radiation Dan blacked out. He was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor. On Feb. 13 Dan completed the radiation treatments and will now start treatments with a Tomography machine that is quite new and comparable to the one in Zion. Dan will undergo the Tama machine treatments once a week for three weeks. The prior general radiation was to shrink the tumor and the Tama will pinpoint and try to eradicate the tumor. He will have two or three weeks off and then more scans to determine further treatment options.

Julie Upah said, "We are so thankful for our friends and families who have been so supportive with thoughts and prayers." The family is looking forward to the March 21 wedding of their oldest daughter Alicia and TJ Hodges in Cancun. Alicia just transferred from a Target Store near Chicago and will be living in the Ankeny area. Amy lives in Ames and works for ISU Department of Agriculture as a communications and video-grapher specialist. The couple's youngest daughter, Angie, is a senior at GMG and plans to attend ISU in the fall.



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