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Kate’s Crusade fundraiser Sunday

By Staff | Apr 3, 2017

Kate Van Cleave, daughter of Ashleigh and Casey Van Cleave, was diagnosed in August 2016 with chronic myelogenous leukemia. Supporters have planned a fundraiser Sunday, April 9 from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. at the Armstrong Community Center to help offset financial burdens from medical bills and travel to treatments.

Dinner includes a pulled pork sandwich, cheesy hash browns, baked beans and chips.

A silent auction includes items donated from area businesses and individuals. There will also be a bake sale.

Leukemia awareness items will be for sale. Tee shirts are available online, as well as bracelets designed by Kate. Donations may be left at Bank Midwest in Armstrong or Employees Credit Union in Estherville.

In February, Kate became the 123rd recipient of a donation from the Shayla Bee Foundation.

About Kate

After Kate was diagnosed, she spent a couple weeks in Iowa City. Since this is a chornic form of leukemia, she will have be seen continuously.

Prognosis varies according to many factors. Kate’s malady was found early and has responded well to treatment thus far, but survival rates are typically measured in five-year intervals.

This form of cancer starts in the bone marrow and blood and then spreads to other areas of the body. Kate takes a daily oral cancer medication, pain killers to help with muscle pain and a few other drugs.