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Letter: Family says thanks for support during ordeal

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From: Don Schroer


July 14, 2014, is an important day for our family. It is our daughter Kristie Wessel’s 34th birthday. She was also discharged from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston after a two-month stay.

She will need to remain in Houston for another two months. She was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in December 2010 and has had many treatments of radiation, chemotherapy and now her third stem cell transplant. We are all praying that this will be the one that makes her well.

But the real purpose of this letter is to thank all the people who have supported her, her husband, Derek, two children and all of us. This is always a risky undertaking because someone will be missed and feel offended, and that would be far from our intention.

We want to thank the numerous people who have expressed true Christian concern, care and compassion for our family. Our church family at St. John’s Lutheran White Creek and St. John’s School, along with our pastor, have been very supportive. Many meals were prepared and delivered to Kristie and Derek’s home.

St. Paul Lutheran at Clifty, the preschool staff and pastor are also very supportive. Special friends at Clifty have stepped up to help raise funds. Neighboring churches have included Kristie on their prayer list. Prayers were offered and visits made by the pastor and congregation of Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Houston.

Kristie’s friends organized a very successful fundraiser two years ago. The Hope, Indiana, and Moravian church Relay for Life team raised funds for cancer research in Kristie’s honor. The Republic also helped tell Kristie’s story.

The Bartholomew County 4-H Fair Board also allowed funds to be raised. We also thank the many booths at the fair who placed donation boxes and the folks who donated so freely — you know who you are. The antique tractor pull committee also donated all their hook fees to Kristie. Many pullers, even some we did not know from out of county, who won cash prizes signed them back to Kristie.

And, oh yes, the special check given to Kristie last December when the Christmas music was playing and the snow was falling.

I know this list in incomplete, and I apologize for that.

God’s blessings and thank you.

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