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Benefit for eight-year-old with brain cancer Saturday

The Brown family on a trip to the Virgin Islands, thanks to the Make-A-Wish foundation. From left to right are: Henry, Colby, Maggie, Heather, Ruthann and Mark.

When asked to describe the future, it isn’t weeks or months for Heather Brown and her family. 

No, the future for her family is whatever happens the next day, thanks to the events of Jan. 2, 2014.

That’s the day Heather and husband Colby of Ellsworth received the diagnosis their eight-year-old daughter, Maggie, was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of pediatric brain cancer.

“We don’t know what to expect,” Heather said last week. “Day-by-day things can change quickly.”

The tumor was found in her brain stem, meaning surgery and chemotherapy are not available options. Therefore, the concern for the last six months is whether or not the tumor will grow.

“There is no room for pity,” Heather said. She remembers telling the diagnosis to a friend who had no idea about Maggie’s condition and the friend was shocked by Heather’s tone in describing the ordeal. “I can’t be sad about this.”

Friends and family have reached out to the Browns since the diagnosis, willing to help whatever and whenever they can. The efforts have translated into a benefit from 2-8 p.m. this Saturday at The Bluffs Bar in Hager City, which Heather said Maggie will attend for as long as she can. A sloppy joe and macaroni and cheese dinner is planned, along with bake sale, silent auction, raffles and prizes.

“I can’t even begin to thank the number of people who have helped us,” Heather said.

For more please read the June 11 print version of the Herald. 

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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