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Herald JournalHerald Journal, April 25, 2005

Outpouring of support for Gabbert family

By Lynda Jensen

Support and prayers are being rained upon the Paul Gabbert family of Howard Lake, as he deals with surgery after surgery relating to a growing brain tumor.

Twice in March, Gabbert had to undergo surgery for the tumor, which is classified as stage three cancer, said family friend Mary Streich.

“The tumor has now taken up 25 percent of his brain,” she said. Paul is now paralyzed on his right side as a possible result of the bleeding tumor.

Gabbert is at the Cokato Manor nursing home, too weak to undergo more surgeries, she said.

“Paul’s speech is limited to ‘yes’ and ‘no,’” she said.

Paul and Patricia Gabbert have four grown children – Shon, Justin, Lisa, and Amy.

The odyessy for the Gabberts started in December 2004, when Paul was diagnosed with a blood clot from a brain tumor.

Paul had to have emergency brain surgery to remove the clot and part of the tumor.

To make matters worse, Paul is currently also suffering from a leg infection resulting from a knee replacement surgery he had one year ago.

He will first need to have yet another knee replacement surgery before he can undergo another brain surgery, Streich said.

Paul was supposed to have more extensive brain surgery at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, but he became too weak for it.

Last month, the tumor hemorrhaged and another surgery was performed, followed by another March 24.

“He is unable to work and has been unable to work for quite some time to support his family and pay for medical expenses,” she said.

“People have been incredible with help for this,” she added, saying that many people are stepping forward to assist the Gabbert family through this difficult time.

Those wishing to help or looking for additional information feel free to contact Jill Doering, benefit committee chairperson at (763) 658-4206; 3660 100th Street SW, Waverly, MN 55390 or Mary Streich, benefit committee secretary, at (320) 543-9466.

Lending a helping hand

“Paul’s wife, Patty, has been working three jobs while caring for her husband,” Mary Streich said.

A benefit is underway to help them cope with the financial aspects of his recovery.

The Gabbert Benefit is set for Saturday, May 14 at the Blue Note in Winsted. It will consist of food, drinks, and games for the kids, a silent auction, raffle tables, and the band Cowboys in Sneakers will be performing. A raffle grand prize is being offered of roundtrip airfaire tickets by Omni Travel. Matching funds from Thrivent Financial have been applied for.

The benefit committee is looking for additional contributions which include sporting event or theater tickets, sports memorabilia, prints, or any items of value that could be raffled or auctioned.

Those with items to donate towards the raffle or silent auction should send an e-mail to

Cash donations can be forwarded to Citizens State Bank, c/o Gabbert Benefit, 609 Pacific Ave, Waverly, MN 55390, or call (763) 658-4417.

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