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Katie Blunck

$22,445 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 343 people in 2 months
Created February 15, 2018
JL
John Laughlin
on behalf of Catherine Maxine Blunck
Our friend and colleague Katie Blunck has recently been diagnosed with Anaplastic Pleomorphic Xantoastrocytoma Grade 3 Brain Cancer.  Katie had a seizure at the beginning of November that led to the discovery of a tumor on the right side of her brain.  The tumor was removed surgically and further tests revealed her current diagnosis.  Katie has more surgery and a long journey of chemo/radiation ahead of her. Please consider supporting her in the fight ahead!

Katie is the head orchestra director at Memorial Middle School and Oscar Howe Elementary in Sioux Falls, SD.  She is a passionate and fun teacher that cares deeply for her students.

Here is an update from Katie - March 19, 2018

Argus Leader Article

Hey Everyone! Things are going well here at Mayo Clinic here on Rochester, MN. Today marks the mid-part of my 3rd week of treatment so I still have a good 2.5 weeks left. I am trying to heal up from a sinus cold I caught last week and hope it doesn't go into my lungs. I spent much of the time around 3 am coughing last night/this morning.

 Appetite has decreased some, but I'm doing my best. No terribly noticeable side-effects from the chemo so that is great! My only noticeable side-effect from radiation is the stinky-burning smell that is all the time and comes in waves...sonetimes stronger, sometimes weaker. It contributes to not being hungry sometimes.. ugh.

 The burning small is all in my brain and has nothing to do with my nose. It happens due to a combo of things (I asked): brain still healing from 2 brain surgeries, trauma to the brain, and the very weakest point of the Pencil-beam Proton beam just reaching my sinus cavity/area of the brain that controls smell. If only it could be atleast a campfire smell...that I could do Haha! Then I could eat sooooo many Smores Haha!

 I also have short-term memory troubles from a number of things: my 2 seizures (one was likely this summer), tumor removal surgery, and trauma to the brain in that area in general through all of this as well as inflammation from radiation. I was told this could happen. I am hopeful that will all get better as I continue to heal!! So, if I ask you the same question a few times, it's not because I wasn't listening...its because I legitimately forgot your answer haha! I have to write a lot of things down!

 Thank you all for EVERYTHING! Your continued support of my healing medically, emotionally, spiritually, and monetarily has been incredible!! It really does take a village, town, city...to work through a life-changing diagnosis like this! I still shake when people kindly ask me about my scar and I have to tell them I have incurable, forever... brain cancer.

I have met so many people while being here going through the same fight and it is quite humbling. I am so lucky and blessed to have you on my side cheering me on! Please continue to share my story if you can!

Also, if you are needing some music in your weekends, my wonderful Sioux Falls Orchestra Staff and music colleagues are putting on a benefit concert for me at 2pm on April 7, 2018 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Sioux Falls! AND, another benefit show is happening at The Remedy in Sioux Falls on May 19, 2018 put together by Laura Cooper, my orchestra colleague, and Casey Monger and his band Doppelgarten, Jami Lynn ( Jami Buttke), and Josh Rieck ...and friends!! I sense some good jamming to happen!!!

 I am VERY MUCH hoping to fiddle and sing as much as I can for both events!! In April, I'll be in week 5 of 6 for treatments here at Mayo with the chemo/radiation combo and in May, I'll be doing that 1st week of 6 months (1 week a month for 6 months) of full-dose chemo. My ability to play/be there will depend on if my immune system is strong enough to be out and about and I have the stamina to do it. By golly, I'll sure be there as much as I possibly can!! I can't miss out on all of this up-coming wonderful music being put together on my behalf!! Wow, I'm so humbled and blessed!

Thank you ALL, SO...VERY...MUCH...FOR...EVERYTHING!

 Love,

Katie
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New Update from Katie!

Hey Everyone! Things are going well here at Mayo Clinic here on Rochester, MN. Today marks the mid-part of my 3rd week of treatment so I still have a good 2.5 weeks left. I am trying to heal up from a sinus cold I caught last week and hope it doesn't go into my lungs. I spent much of the time around 3 am coughing last night/this morning.

Appetite has decreased some, but I'm doing my best. No terribly noticeable side-effects from the chemo so that is great! My only noticeable side-effect from radiation is the stinky-burning smell that is all the time and comes in waves...sonetimes stronger, sometimes weaker. It contributes to not being hungry sometimes.. ugh.

The burning small is all in my brain and has nothing to do with my nose. It happens due to a combo of things (I asked): brain still healing from 2 brain surgeries, trauma to the brain, and the very weakest point of the Pencil-beam Proton beam just reaching my sinus cavity/area of the brain that controls smell. If only it could be atleast a campfire smell...that I could do Haha! Then I could eat sooooo many Smores Haha!

I also have short-term memory troubles from a number of things: my 2 seizures (one was likely this summer), tumor removal surgery, and trauma to the brain in that area in general through all of this as well as inflammation from radiation. I was told this could happen. I am hopeful that will all get better as I continue to heal!! So, if I ask you the same question a few times, it's not because I wasn't listening...its because I legitimately forgot your answer haha! I have to write a lot of things down!

Thank you all for EVERYTHING! Your continued support of my healing medically, emotionally, spiritually, and monetarily has been incredible!! It really does take a village, town, city...to work through a life-changing diagnosis like this! I still shake when people kindly ask me about my scar and I have to tell them I have incurable, forever... brain cancer.

I have met so many people while being here going through the same fight and it is quite humbling. I am so lucky and blessed to have you on my side cheering me on! Please continue to share my story if you can!

Also, if you are needing some music in your weekends, my wonderful Sioux Falls Orchestra Staff and music colleagues are putting on a benefit concert for me at 2pm on April 7, 2018 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Sioux Falls! AND, another benefit show is happening at The Remedy in Sioux Falls on May 19, 2018 put together by Laura Cooper, my orchestra colleague, and Casey Monger and his band Doppelgarten, Jami Lynn ( Jami Buttke), and Josh Rieck ..and friends!! I sense some good jamming to happen!!!

I am VERY MUCH hoping to fiddle and sing as much as I can for both events!! In April, I'll be in week 5 of 6 for treatments here at Mayo with the chemo/radiation combo and in May, I'll be doing that 1st week of 6 months (1 week a month for 6 months) of full-dose chemo. My ability to play/be there will depend on if my immune system is strong enough to be out and about and I have the stamina to do it. By golly, I'll sure be there as much as I possibly can!! I can't miss out on all of this up-coming wonderful music being put together on my behalf!! Wow, I'm so humbled and blessed!
Thank you ALL, SO...VERY...MUCH...FOR...EVERYTHING!

Love,
Katie
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New update from Katie - she was approved for Pencil-Beam Proton Radiation Therapy! Check out the full update under the My Story section on her GoFundMe page.
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First goal reached, now let's keep going! Thank you to all who have contributed and shared!
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Hi everyone - thank you so much for the support you have given Katie! GoFundMe has requested that I clarify some details on the campaign since I am raising $ for someone other than myself. Katie is my colleague at Memorial Middle School in Sioux Falls, SD. The campaign is set up under my name, with all withdrawals delivered directly to an account provided to me by Katie. 100% of funds go directly to Katie to help her pay for medical and living expenses as she fights cancer. Thanks! John
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$22,445 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 343 people in 2 months
Created February 15, 2018
JL
John Laughlin
on behalf of Catherine Maxine Blunck
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