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Benefit is set for Darwin woman with Stage 4 cancer

March 30, 2009

By Lynda Jensen

DARWIN, MN – A benefit has been set in mid April to help Leann Wimmer of Darwin, as she faces Stage 4 breast cancer.

“She’s lucky to be here,” commented her daughter, Crystal Berggren of Cosmos.

Wimmer, 49, is fighting for her life as doctors have found a tumor in her arm more than five centimeters long.

Previously, she had a double mastectomy, Berggren said. She was diagnosed at the end of July last summer, and started chemotherapy at that time at Abbott Northwestern Hospital.

“The tumors were too large to operate,” Berggren said. Her chemo went from August through February.

However, the cancer spread to her arms, and she will begin radiation soon.

Through all the stress and health impacts, Wimmer lost her job taking care of people. Nevertheless, Berggren is hopeful her mother can take part in the benefit, which is set for Saturday, April 18 at the Darwin Rod & Gun Club. (Note that this date was changed from an earlier date of April 4).

The benefit starts at 3:30 p.m. and goes until 11 p.m., with a dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. A silent auction will be conducted, with music and prizes and drawings being offered. Last bids for the auction will be at 8 p.m.

The dinner will feature sliced pork, potato, vegetables, coleslaw, and a dinner roll. Freewill donations will be accepted.

Wimmer’s parents are Bill and Linda Wimmer of Darwin. In addition to her daughter, she has a son, Dylan Gunderson of Bemidji. Her two grandchildren are Jackson and Wyatt Berggren of Cosmos.


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