Brunch fundraiser planned for Korthals

WORTHINGTON -- Cancer takes a toll on body, mind, spirit -- and finances. That's something that Brian and Lorraine Korthals have found out firsthand since Brian's diagnosis with stage 4 kidney cancer.

A 16- by 24-inch print of this photo taken by Brian Korthals is framed and will be offered for silent auction beginning Sunday. Photo by Brian Korthals

WORTHINGTON - Cancer takes a toll on body, mind, spirit - and finances. That’s something that Brian and Lorraine Korthals have found out firsthand since Brian’s diagnosis with stage 4 kidney cancer.

Brian left his job as the Daily Globe’s photographer more than a year ago, the effects of the cancer no longer allowing him to continue in that role.
Initially, the Korthals were adamant in their refusal to allow any fundraisers on their behalf, preferring to keep their circumstances private. But when Lorraine was also stricken by some medical issues last fall that deterred her ability to work at the local Perkins restaurant, their financial situation became more dire.
Friends set up a Go Fund Me online site as well as a local bank fund to receive donations. Additionally, the Daily Globe has offered a selection of photos taken by Brian during his tenure for purchase, all the proceeds going to help the Korthals with medical and day-to-day living expenses.
Now, the Korthals’ church community at American Lutheran in Worthington has stepped up and is planning a pancake brunch fundraiser for Sunday.
According to Craig Pfeifer, one of the event organizers, doing such a fundraiser was initially talked about early on after Brian’s diagnosis through the church’s caring ministry, but the topic was tabled by the Korthals’ resolve to remain independent.
“But now it’s a totally different situation, so we decided to explore it again,” said Pfeifer. “Pastor Gary (Andersen) approached them to see if they were willing … It’s just the congregation reaching out.”
With the Korthals’ assent, planning began for the breakfast. The menu will be simple - pancakes, sausages and peaches - served for a free-will offering.
“We want the people to make the checks payable to American Lutheran Church,” noted Pfeifer. “Then it’s deductible for them and it goes to the Korthals tax-free.”
Serving will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday in the American Lutheran Church fellowship hall.

Also on Sunday, an additional fundraiser will make its debut. The Daily Globe staff has chosen a different photo - one that has not been available through the print sales - that has been framed by Ax Photo. The print will be displayed during the breakfast, and silent auction bids will be taken, first during the event, and then over the course of the following work week through a phone and online bidding system at the Daily Globe.
“Brian has been such a big part of the Daily Globe family, let alone the community, sharing his exquisite eye for that perfect photo through his lens,” said Daily Globe Publisher Joni Harms. “The print we have chosen is stunning and showcases every bit of his talent.”
The print - of a colorful sunset as seen through the trees - has framed dimensions of 20- by 28-inches.
Online or telephone bids can be placed 24 hours a day beginning Sunday , with the bidding ending at 3 p.m. Jan. 22. Bids will be accepted via telephone at 376-7327 or 1-800-642-3243, ext. 7329; or via email at . Bidders are asked to provide name, phone number and the amount of bid with minimum $10 increments. An update of the current bid will be published each morning in the Daily Globe and on its website, .

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