Benefit planned for Barb (Kueneman) Gefroh

Louise Oleson Journal Managing Editor
Barb (Kueneman) Gefroh

A benefit is planned for Barb (Kueneman) Gefroh this Friday in the KC Hall starting at 5:30 p.m.

The community is rallying around this 1982 graduate of DLHS as she is battling breast cancer.

She found the lump in mid May and says its been kind of a whirlwind of activity since then including biopsy, mamograms and every test you can imagine at the Roger Maris Cancer Center.  There she has a whole team of specialists to guide her treatment, an oncologist, radiologist and surgeon.

The first step was chemotherapy to shrink the tumor before surgery.

She had surgery on Sept. 15 where the surgeon removed a 3 centimeter tumor. It was determined to be a slow-moving cancer, stage 2. One lymph node was removed, as well. She has two incisions, a five-inch and a three-inch under her left arm.

Just two weeks later she is starting to be able to move better, now, as the “zingers” down her arm lessen as she heals.

Now she will begin radiation, 33 rounds of radiation - starting October 16 - Monday through Friday with weekends and Holidays off. “We should be finished sometime in December,” Gefroh says.

She moved to Jamestown seven years ago and works in accounts payable at R.M. Stoudt, Inc., the Ford, Dodge and Lincoln dealer. It’s there she has good health insurance, which she is most grateful for. But it doesn’t pay for the trips back and forth to Fargo for chemo, round-trips of 200 miles each day.

This time of year, it’s unpredictable, if the weather or roads are bad, they may have to stay over, possibly in motels and thus the expenses add up. By her side, supporting her through all this is her sweetheart, Robert Schilling, who’s a foreman for Western Area Power Administration.

Gefroh attended St. Joseph Elementary School and St. Mary’s High School until it closed, before moving over to Devils Lake High School. She is the daughter of Robert and Clarice Kueneman of Devils Lake. She was married to Greg Gefroh for a number of years and they have two children, and three grandchildren.

At Friday’s benefit they will be serving tacos in a bag and there will be a silent auction and bake sale, (donations for silent auction and bake sale are welcome - call Linda 351-2130 or Mary 426-9547.

Wear pink Friday to support “Team Barbie!”