COKATO, MN Mark Pringnitz, 19, area resident, has had his life suddenly interrupted by a nasty intruder Hodgkin Lymphoma.
A 2018 graduate of Dassel-Cokato High School, Mark was in his first year at the University of Minnesota when he was diagnoxed in December 2018.
This form of cancer most often affects those in young adulthood, and then again in those over age 55.
The diagnosis for Mark came after months of fevers, swollen lymph nodes, fatigue, and anxiety.
Hodgkin Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system, which is part of one’s immune system. The disease involves lymphatic cells growing abnormally, and possibly spreading beyond the lymphatic system.
Mark has been undergoing chemotherapy, and had many hospital stays due to complications and infections.
Family’s health struggles
Mark’s cancer wasn’t the only nasty intruder that entered lives in the Pringnitz household.
It is difficult to imagine the multiple health struggles the Pringnitz family has faced and continues to face.
Mark’s mom, Darcie, is a special education paraprofessonal at Dassel-Cokato Middle School. Her co-worker, Nancy Moy, outlines the family’s situation.
Mark’s sister, Emma, 22, will be having surgery in June to confirm a preliminary diagnosis of endometriosis, and reduce her pain from chronic abdominal pain and GI issues.
Lyle, Mark’s father, has chronic knee and back pain, as well as GI issues and asthma/COPD, which makes it difficult for him to work.
In addition, Darcie is recovering from thyroid cancer, having had surgery within the last year.
Witnessing Darcie’s and her family’s severe health struggles and resulting financial strain, Darcie’s supervisor and co-workers were determined to help the family.
They organized a “Kick Cancer in the Nodes! Pulling for Pringnitz” benefit, set for for Friday, May 17, starting at 6 p.m. at the Litchfield Eagles Club. This event will feature a silent auction with many items, chance drawings for great prizes, taco-in-a-bag, and live music from 6 to 8 p.m.
The Pringnitz family’s lives have involved repeated appointments, testing, and treatments, including surgeries.
This exhausting cycle leaves the family in need of financial help to offset the costs for rent, groceries, and gas for travel to treatment, in addition to medical bills.
How can the community help?
• Attend and participate in the benefit Friday, May 17.
• Before the benefit, donate items for the silent auction.
• If you have a business, help with a donation of a product, service, or gift certificate from the business.
• Give a monetary donation.
All donations are greatly appreciated. If you are unable to attend the benefit and wish to make a monetary donation, it can be dropped off at Perennial Bank, 780 Parker Ave. W. in Dassel.
Donated items for the silent auction can be dropped off at Dassel-Cokato Middle School, 4852 Reardon Ave. SW in Cokato; or Ramsey Printing & Design, 826 N. Sibley Ave. in Litchfield.
Moy can also pick up your donation if you prefer not to mail it.
For more information, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org; 320-286-6499 (home); or 320-286-6499 (cell).
Follow Mark’s journey on Caring Bridge at www.caringbridge.org/visit/markpringnitz.
When: Friday, May 17
Time: 6 p.m.
Where: Litchfield Eagles Club
What: Silent auction, drawings, food, live music