Maybe you know her as an accomplished cook. Maybe she’s catered for your family’s special event or a community or organization’s annual meeting. Perhaps you’ve sampled the unbelievable selections and generous portions from her concession stand seen at community days, rodeos, pow wows, demolition derbys, steam threshers or other events.
Well, even if you don’t get around much, you may be one of the lucky recipients of her delicious cooking as headcook of the Warwick Public School.
Meet Michelle Christofferson of Warwick.
This lady is not used to being on the receiving end of kindnesses and being fussed over, in fact, you probably would get a “talking to” if you even tried. She’s more on the end of giving a free Indian Taco to a friend or a freeze pop to a little kid who just was a wee bit short of having enough money.
So whether Christofferson likes it or not it's everyone's turn to say “THANK YOU” to her. Christofferson has been out of work since last March. It started off with carpal tunnel surgery and she was expected to be back in the saddle by summer school.
However a tragic turn of events took place when she came down with an unrelated and rare condition called Raynaud’s Phenomenon (cold sensitivity and poor circulation) or connective tissue disease. It was further complicated with scleroderma affecting some of the fingers on both hands and a problem with her immune system that is working against her body instead of for and with it.
It’s been a tremendous financial hardship for her and her family. Surgeries, consultations, medications, over 40 trips to Grand Forks for treatments and appointments, renting a pump she has to put on her arm three times a day for circulation and the never ending sea of paper work for disability benefits and one delay after another which only has increased the stress of it all. And this doesn’t even address the physical pain she has experienced throughout which has almost been unbearable at times.
Thankfully her husband, Dennis, her mom, daughter and sister have helped her keep the concession business and steak fry nights going but weather has wiped out a couple of their big events so that hasn’t been really successful either.
One treatment Mayo Clinic has suggested was an experimental botox treatment but it only has a 50/50 chance of success and costs $10,000 which insurance won’t cover because it is still in the experiment stage. So that has been crossed off the list of options.
The Warwick Public School is sponsoring a benefit and silent auction for Michelle. It will take place at the school Thursday Oct. 4 from 5 - 8 p.m. and is all free will offering.
Page 2 of 2 - Everyone in the whole area is invited to attend and those who would prefer to send a donation can make it out to Benson County Thrivent and mail to the school in care of Wendy Church, Sandy Barber or Charlotte Franks-Erickson 210 4th Avenue Warwick, ND 58381.