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Benefit is Saturday for Randy Schmidt


WORTHINGTON — The Eagles Lodge will host a benefit dinner and silent auction for Randy Schmidt from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Schmidt, a Worthington resident and longtime employee at JBS, was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer in early March. The cancer has metastasized to the brain.

Schmidt was working his usual morning shift on Feb. 22 when he began to feel dizzy, and began to shake violently while operating a saw. He came home to get some rest and his wife, Carla, drove him to the emergency room instead.

Doctors found he had adenocarcinoma, a type of cancer that forms in mucus-secreting glands. Schmidt underwent a successful brain surgery to remove the tumor in early March, but more spots later appeared on the back of his brain.

All of the benefit’s proceeds will go toward covering expensive medical bills for chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. Attendees will be able to purchase a meal that includes a pulled pork sandwich, baked beans, pickles and refreshments.

“The Eagles’ motto is ‘people helping people,’ so we decided to help him and his family by doing a benefit,” said Elaine Rothbarth, co-chairperson of the benefit.