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Benefit to help local cancer survivor

Sara Vortherms (front row, center) holds her children, Gabrielle and Brady, as (back row) Megan and Tim Vortherms also look on. Erin Trester/Daily Globe

ADRIAN — Family and friends of Sara Vortherms will be hosting a benefit on her behalf from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Adrian American Legion. There will be a silent and live auction, a bake sale, games, and food and beverages at the event.

Vortherms was diagnosed with large B-cell non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in October 2013. She underwent her last chemotherapy treatment on Feb. 6, and will be meeting with oncologists at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, S.D., to discuss if she will be a candidate for radiation treatment.

“She had been fighting a cold for a few days until I finally told her that she just didn’t look very good and to go to the doctor,” recalled Linda Brady, Vortherms mother. “When the doctors did an X-ray of her chest, all they could see was the tumor. It was so large, it started from her collarbone to the top of her diaphragm.”

Vortherms works for the Sanford Worthington Medical Center Surgical Unit as a surgical tech. Previously, she was a volunteer on the Adrian Ambulance crew and a paraprofessional at Adrian Schools.

“Sara only works when she can,” Brady said. “When she has her good days, then she can work a full shift, but with this disease comes bad days. Sanford has been phenomenal in working with Sara and understanding the times she can’t work. I can’t say enough about how wonderful Sanford has been.”

Vortherms also stays active in the Adrian community.

“Sara is very active in the community since she has two young children — Gabrielle, who is 7, and Brady, who is 12,” Brady said. “She’s always at Brady’s football, baseball and basketball games and at Gabrielle’s dance practices.”

Vortherms has currently had six treatments of chemotherapy. She will be finding out in March if she qualifies as a candidate for radiation therapy.

“The money raised at the benefit will go towards medical expenses,” Brady said. “One chemotherapy shot costs $5,900 and so the bills are adding up; this is just a hideous disease with a big price tag.”

Megan Vortherms, Sara’s stepdaughter, added, “This benefit is extremely important to our family, and the money raised will hopefully lessen our worries.”

The silent and live auction will offer fun baskets such as wine, family movie night, game night and garden baskets.

The auction will also feature sports memorabilia and tickets from the Minnesota Wild, Minnesota Gophers and the Sioux Falls Stampede hockey club.

Recently added to the auction item list are three replica jerseys from the Super Bowl 2014-champion Seattle Seahawks that will be autographed and personalized for the winning bidder.

“Trent Kirchner, Director of Pro Personnel of the Seattle Seahawks — who is our nephew and originally from Fulda — has graciously donated three jerseys from number 31 Kam Chancellor, number 24 Marshawn Lynch and number three, the quarterback, Russell Wilson,” Brady said. “When the Seahawks return from the offseason, the winning bidder on each jersey will win a personalized autographed jersey.”

The winning bidder for the Seahawk jerseys will not receive them until June — the players are at their respective homes for the offseason — but they can be personalized to whomever the winner chooses. The jersey will go to the highest bidder on the live auction, which starts at 5 p.m.

Anyone wanting to donate to the silent or live auction can contact Megan Vortherms at (507) 227-3279, Sheila Anderson at (605) 351-3169, Stacy Kopp at (507) 227-7919 or Linda Brady at (507) 920-7207.

An account has also been set up on Sara’s behalf at the State Bank of Lismore.

Daily Globe Reporter Erin Trester may be reached at 376-7322.

Erin Trester
Erin Trester is the crime and city reporter for the Daily Globe. She's a native of Lewiston, MN, but moved to Buffalo, NY to attend college and obtained her bachelor's degree in Communications. She started at the Western New York Catholic Newspaper as a reporter in Buffalo, but in October 2013 she returned to her home state to start with the Daily Globe. Most of her spare time is taken up by her 13-year-old thoroughbred named Faith, but some of her other hobbies include reading, fishing and spending time with friends and family. 
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