Area residents come out to support Mary Jo Truttman
BAY CITY - Stacy Wood and Mandi Gadient couldn't believe it.
The two daughters of Mary Jo Truttman stood in amazement Saturday as the benefit for their mother was going on at Mike's BayTown Bar and Grill.
"What the community has donated has been unbelievable," Stacy said. "Our extended family has put a lot of time in making this benefit work. Everyone's been wonderful."
Truttman was initially diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004 and underwent chemotherapy and radiation. It then spread to her lung as a cancerous spot was found in 2006 (Truttman wasn't a smoker), as she underwent surgery again. Truttman was doing better until it was found out last year the cancer moved to her brain.
After undergoing brain surgery, she was diagnosed with meningitis and developed an infection, which forced another surgery, forcing a long road of therapy, as she has had to relearn to walk and talk. Currently, she has a spot on her lung and brain, but both are shrinking.
However, from talking with her, one wouldn't realize it.
"She's really remained positive," Mandi said. "She has a very good sense of humor."
Mary Jo and husband Steve, who are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year, have been quite active in the area. For years, the couple operated the former Mary's Supper Club and Steve has been involved with the Bay City Bombers baseball team as either as a player, coach or manager for years.
"It's amazing that people Mom and Dad hadn't seen in 20 to 30 years are calling out of the blue, wanting to help," Stacy said. "It's unbelievable."
Preliminary figures showed between 900-1,000 people attended the benefit that had a silent auction featuring items from the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Wild, along with raffle and door prizes.