BY GABE LICHT
DELANO, MN “Every time we think something is getting better, something else happens,” said Delano native Steven Schulz.
His wife, Kate, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in June, after the stillbirth of their son, Arthur, in March.
The call regarding Kate’s cancer came on Steven’s birthday.
“We spent my birthday in the oncology office,” Steven said.
Since the diagnosis, Kate has been unable to work her job as a veterinarian, due to doctor’s orders and six months of chemotherapy treatments, which began in July.
“She’s been strong throughout this,” Steven said. “I don’t think anyone else could handle it as well as she has.”
He and Kate have been taking everything in stride, with the support of their family and friends.
That includes the upcoming Kick it with Kate cancer benefit from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Delano American Legion, 240 Babcock Blvd. W.
Food, drinks, T-shirts, greeting cards, and bedazzled bandanas will be on sale.
Local musician and cancer survivor Matt Graunke will provide musical entertainment from 5-7 p.m.
There will be a silent auction featuring 140 items.
“People have been tremendously generous,” said Steven’s mother, Dawn, who is organizing the event.
Individuals must be present to win silent auction items, or they will be given to the next highest bidder.
A total of about $4,500 in items will be raffled, with tickets available for $1. There is a package of two tickets to the Dec. 8 game between the Vikings and the Lions, including all-inclusive food, beer, wine, and nonalcoholic beverages, and access to the Delta Sky360 Club. Other items include an ELUX Sierra folding fat tire E-bike valued at $1,995, a diamond pendant necklace valued at $575, and a fishing package valued at about $350.
Steven is thankful for the support of the local community.
“It’s where I grew up. I always knew if I needed anything, I could go to them,” he said. “It’s amazing. I’m grateful. It’s going to keep us going on the path we were going on before all these things happened.”
Steven is the son of Carl and Dawn Schulz, who have lived in Delano for about 30 years.
He is now a chef in Fargo. He and Kate have a 3-year-old son named Mathis.