The manager at Sparky's 3 and 71 for the past five years (and employee there for an additional eight years) was diagnosed with breast cancer in August and underwent a mastectomy. Later this month she will learn what the next step is in her recovery.
On Saturday, Nov. 17, there will be a benefit lunch, auction and bake sale with all proceeds to help offset medical expenses. Supplemental funds will be provided by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.
Sorensen, the mother of grown son Jessie and daughter Amber, who both reside in Algona, is also the grandmother of eight.
She shared that it was months earlier that she discovered a lump but didn't do any more about it at that time.
"Cancer doesn't run in our family so I didn't think any more about it," she said. "I kept putting it off, procrastinating, denying it."
Finally, she confided with her sister Carol who urged her to get to the doctor.
A biopsy by Dr. Jason Dierking determined that the lump was malignant; 14 lymph nodes were also removed.
She just wants the next step to begin, whether it be radiation or chemotherapy, so that she can move on.
There is a lesson from all this that she can share - go to the doctor early!
"I never felt sick," she said, "but I wish I would have gone in sooner."
Sorensen lives in Storm Lake and lived for many years in Rembrandt. Her mom and four of her five sisters live in the area. (The fifth sister lives in Missouri.)
The benefit lunch will be held Nov. 17 at AmVets in Storm Lake beginning at noon. On the menu will be taverns, baked beans, home made noodle soup and home-made desserts and bars. Cost is $5 per adult and $3 for children age 5 and under.
A benefit auction will begin at 2 p.m. with many, many items to bid on.
Included are a Frito Lay five-piece electric train set, Iowa State University metal signs, a 5-foot metal windmill, tools, jewelry, wooden shelves, crocheted blankets, blankets made by Sandy, an U.S. Army emblem blanket, 11 porcelain dolls, assorted framed pictures, remote control battery-powered car, bread and cake mixes in a bottle and assorted gift certificates from several Storm Lake businesses.
If you are unable to attend the event, donations are also being received. Please send them to The First National Bank, PO Box 107, Rembrandt, Iowa 50576. Please make checks payable to "Sandy Sorensen Benefit."