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Benefit planned for area woman diagnosed with brain tumor

Thursday, December 19, 2002

A fundraiser will be held in January for Georgia Evans, a Fonda native and former Buena Vista University student now living in Cherokee.

Evans, 24, started experiencing "flu like" symptoms around the last week of October. She had severe migraine headaches, nausea and vomiting. She was treated by her doctor for migraines two different times. Georgia's symptoms got increasingly worse so she was taken to the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake where Dr. Crippin started ruling out different causes for Georgia's discomfort.

Dr. Crippin ordered a CAT Scan to be done on Georgia. It was with this CAT Scan that they located a spot on Georgia's brain and immediately sent her via ambulance to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City. On November 7.

Georgia had emergency brain surgery to remove the tumor. After many different tests were run on the tumor, the doctors diagnosed Georgia as having a Glioblastoma multiforma tumor and that it was at a Level 4 of 4 levels. She was told that this is one of the most aggressive forms of cancer and that it was very rare to find it in someone as young as her. They removed as much of the tumor as they possibly could without damaging a lot of brain cells. She came home about one week after her surgery.

During the week of November 25, Georgia was to start her radiation treatments to help slow the growth of the tumor. At that time her doctor noticed that she was having some drainage from the incision from her previous surgery. With further checking, they determined that Georgia had to go in for another surgery that week to remove a bone flap that was not fusing properly and to clean up the area. She came home that same evening.

The next day Georgia was experiencing a terrible migraine again along with stiffness in her neck. She was once again taken to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City where they determined she had a bacterial meningitis infection. They placed a drainage tube in her and gave her a lot of different antibiotics to help rid her body of the infection. She would have a good day or two and then she would get the bad headaches again.

Georgia's headaches would come and go and so would the nausea and vomiting. The doctors did another CAT Scan and determined that Georgia's ventricles in her brain, that rid it of excess fluid, were blocked by white blood cells and therefore she had all the fluid building up around her brain causing the pressure that was causing her migraines. So, on December 14, Georgia had another tube placed in her head to drain the fluid. She said she was feeling much better and had little pain at all.

Georgia is still at Mercy Medical Center and is hoping to be released next Monday; December 23, if everything goes well. She is unsure when she will be starting her radiation therapy right now. She has to let the incision heal completely first.

"I am keeping my spirits high and hoping for the best!" she said.

Shoot To The Stars For Georgia

On Saturday, January 11, a day of many activities is being planned for Georgia Evans. All proceeds will be given to Georgia to help defray the cost of her medical care. These fun-filled events will be taking place at the V.F.W. in Cherokee.

Here is list of things that will be happening:

There will be a Doubles Blind Draw Dart Tournament starting at 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join in. Then at 7 p.m. there will be a benefit auction of donated items. A Karaoke night follows.

During the day there will be items that will be raffled off plus food and fun for everyone.

For more information, contact the following people:

* Michelle Linn - 712-225-0259 * Harry Burkhart or Barb Keith - 712-225-9912 * Tammy Renken - 712- 225-2082 * Jen Launderville - 712-200-3209 * Dawn Nelson - 712-225-1191 * Tammy Boothby - 712-225-2872 * Jennifer Thompson - 712-225-4042 * Kyle Robinson - 712-225-5237

A fund for Georgia Evans has been set up at Valley Bank in Cherokee. Your donations will be accepted there. If you have items that you would like to donate they may be dropped off at the V.F.W.

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