By Lynda Jensen
Little 2-year-old Madison Kautz returned Jan. 17 to her home in Cokato, taking a short break from her rounds of chemo, which are required for treatment of brain cancer.
A benefit conducted in Silver Lake Oct. 25 rallied the community behind the toddler.
“I believe that all involved would say that the benefit went great, and was a huge success,” commented Madison’s mother Amber Kautz, who is a 2004 Dassel-Cokato graduate.
Madison is the granddaughter of Larry and Kathy Kautz of Cokato.
The family is thankful to so many who made the benefit such a success.
“Joe McPherson did a great job providing music to those who ate and those who waited. The silent auction was also a hit, with many different items from kids’ toys, toy tractors, kitchen products, scrapbooking supplies, gift certificates and so much more.”
“Then there was the bake sale,” Amber noted. “The place was overwhelmed with the smell of freshly baked goodies. There was something for everyone,” she commented.
The waffles were made by Dad’s Belgium Waffles.
Madison and her family would like to recognize everyone who donated items for the auction, bake sale and kids’ raffle.
They appreciated all those who gave their time and talents to make the day a success, and to everyone who showed up to give their support of Madison. “It was great to see the large crowd gathered in support of Madison and her family,” she said.
The family also made a special note of those who helped and worked in the kitchen.
Madison has been taking rounds of chemo, and will receive a bone marrow transplant and an MRI before starting her next round of chemo.
Last year, a highly malignant brain tumor was discovered by doctors, which was spreading inside Madison’s body. She underwent surgery July 12 for a biopsy and removal of the tumor.
Results came back July 16 indicating it is a primitive neuroectodermal tumor containing undeveloped brain cells, is highly malignant, and likely to spread (which it already did) through the central nervous system, according to Amber.
Fortunately, this rare form of cancer is curable, but Madison will undergo radiation for some time.
The doctors will know by age 5 if Madison is fully cured, Amber said.Want to help?
Readers who wish to assist the family financially may do so by sending donations to the following address:
Madison Kautz Benefit Account
First National Bank
Cokato, MN 55321