By Jennifer Gallus
Silent auction items and baked good donations needed
HOWARD LAKE, MN - Husband, dad, and step-dad are roles that Dean Lachermeier of Howard Lake fills on a daily basis, in addition to battling cancer.
Lachermeier, 43, was diagnosed with melanoma in June, and just within the last month has had two surgeries in attempts to remove the cancer.
It all started with a small spot on the back of his shoulder that at first looked like a clear mole, then turned reddish, then bigger, and then a cloudy brown color about the size of an eraser, according to Lachermeier’s wife BJ.
He had 25 lymph nodes removed, with one testing positive for cancer.
Currently, Lachermeier is undergoing chemotherapy every day for one month, and will find out more of a prognosis in two to four weeks, BJ explained.
The Lachermeiers were told that there is a 50 percent chance that the cancer will come back, and that the chemotherapy he is currently undergoing will only lessen the chances by 10 percent.
Because the treatment causes fatigue, depression, nausea, irritability, and other side effects, he will not be able to work at this time. To help assist with mounting medical bills, a benefit has been scheduled for Lachermeier.
The benefit is set for Saturday, Sept. 26 at the village hall in Waverly from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Entertainment will be provided by Karaoke/DJ with Dana (a.k.a. Bad Dog Entertainment). A silent auction will take place from 4 to 7 p.m., a bake sale will also take place, as well as a money jar.
Admission will be a good-will offering at the door. Sober cabs will also be available.
Silent auction items are needed, as well as baked goods donations. Anyone wishing to donate may contact Jill at (763) 658-4206, Patti at (320) 543-2355, or Mary at (763) 647-9940, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Items for the silent auction and bake sale can be dropped off the night before the event from 6 to 8 p.m. at the village hall, or after 1 p.m. the day of the benefit.
Monetary donations can be made at Citizens State Bank in Waverly, PO Box 68, Waverly, MN 55390.
A second benefit is being planned by Lachermeier’s father, Darrell. This benefit entails a three-day casino trip planned for Tuesday through Thursday, Oct. 27, 28, and 29.
Participants will stay one night at Prairie’s Edge Casino in Granite Falls and another night at Dakota Magic Casino in Hankinson, ND.
The cost is $110 per person, based on double occupancy. The package includes a bus ride, two nights lodging, $110 in casino cash, two meals, a $6 food coupon, and three free drinks.
For more information about the casino fundraiser, call 800-346-4983.