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Fund set up to help Korthals family with medical expenses

WORTHINGTON -- It's been more than a year since Brian Korthals had to walk away from his post as photographer for the Daily Globe. His battle against stage 4 kidney cancer had gotten to the point where he could no longer continue in his career.

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Lorraine and Brian Korthals (center) are shown with their daughters, Sarah (left) and Marin. (Submitted photo)

WORTHINGTON - It’s been more than a year since Brian Korthals had to walk away from his post as photographer for the Daily Globe. His battle against stage 4 kidney cancer had gotten to the point where he could no longer continue in his career.
More recently, Brian’s wife, Lorraine, fell ill and had to be hospitalized for nearly two weeks. She has not yet been able to return to her longtime job in management at the local Perkins restaurant, and when she does, it will have to be on a part-time basis until her strength fully returns.
Although they have no income coming in, the Korthals, at this point, are not eligible for assistance programs.
“Because county and state programs base their qualifications on the previous year’s tax return, at which time Lorraine was working full-time and Brian borrowed from his retirement fund, they have been denied any help from social services,” explained longtime friend Linda Griffith. “... They have borrowed money from family members, depleted their retirement accounts and have nowhere else to turn.”
Meanwhile, the bills - hefty medical ones as well as those associated with day-to-day living - have continued to mount for the Korthals.
“Needless to say, with neither of them able to work and medical bills that just keep growing, finances and health issues are overwhelming,” Griffith continued. “Even when Lorraine returns to work, they won’t be able to make a dent in all of these bills. Unfortunately, we can’t help with the health problems, but we can help them financially to get through these very tough days.”
The Korthals had previously declined to seek public support to help with their health and financial predicaments, but friends are now stepping forward with a fundraising opportunity.
“A group of us who frequent Perkins have spent several months discussing how we could best help Brian and Lorraine through their current situation,” explained Michael Hoeft. “For several months, our efforts were appreciated but discouraged by Brian and Lorraine based on their faith and confidence they would prevail on their own behalf. ... Recently it became apparent the financial burden is overwhelming, and Linda was able to convince them both that friends and family were anxious to help in a meaningful way.”
Rather than plan a one-time event such as a pancake breakfast or pork sandwich supper, organizers wanted to find a way to have a more open-ended fundraiser and have turned to an online crowd-funding resource.
“We investigated several opportunities locally and decided that the power of social networking facilitated by GoFundMe would allow not only friends and family locally, but from across the country, to participate,” explained Hoeft.
GoFundMe is described as a fundraising website for personal causes and life events. In particular, it is often used to help people with medical bills, memorials and other charitable endeavors. It features secure payment encryption technology to facilitate donations.
“For friends and family unable to access or uncomfortable with the GoFundMe format, we have set up an account with Worthington Federal Savings Bank to facilitate contributions as well,” added Hoeft.
In addition to the GoFundMe effort, the Daily Globe plans to offer a collection of limited edition prints of photographs taken by Brian Korthals during his 22-year career at the Daily Globe, with proceeds from the sales going to offset their medical expenses. Watch the Daily Globe and its website, www.dglobe.com , for upcoming information on the available prints.

The Korthals GoFundMe page can be found at: https://www.gofundme.com/7k9saymk

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