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Cuin’ for a Cure

Cuin’ for a Cure

“You have cancer” is the most terrifying phrase most people can imagine hearing from their doctor. We would assume that many people who receive that diagnosis are in their 50s, 60s, 70s, some have heard it as young as their 30s or 40s. Unfortunately more and more young people in their 20s, teens, and even younger are being confronted with the reality that they too are not invincible. For Kyle Stutsman, his first diagnosis came when he was just 14 years old.

When Kyle noticed that he had an aching muscle thatwasn’t going away, he thought he should tell his parents how much it was bothering him. After visiting a couple doctors, Kyle was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in January 2012 his initial treatment plan was three months of chemotherapy. He then underwent limb salvation surgery in April 2012 to save his left leg. Following his surgery Kyle received six more months of chemotherapy.

Because of the compromised state of his immune system due to his treatment Kyle was not able to attend school during his eighth grade year. Thankfully with the help of tutors Kyle was able to graduate number 3 in his class. He started his freshman year with continued tutoring until he was allowed to return to school in February 2013.

Unfortunately, during routine follow up scans of Kyle’s body doctors found numerous cancerous nodules on both of his lungs. Doctors notified his family that it is recurrent Osteosarcoma. It was recommended that he undergo a bilateral thoracotomy to remove the nodules in July 2013. After Kyle is released from the hospital he will need more chemotherapy treatments, which will be done in Los Angeles.

Kyle is like most 15 year old boys; he looks forward to getting his license in November when he turns 16 and he is yearning to return to school with his other classmates. Kyle has a passion for basketball, which he played from the time he was 5 years old through his junior year of high school. He is described by family and friends as having an indomitable spirit, and he’s been known to say “Pain is only weakness leaving the body.”

As many of us know, the cost of insurance is often hard to handle. Often times we get so concentrated on medical treatment that the financial burden is put on the back burner until it can become just as hard to bear. Those of us who are self-employed and have gone through any kind of long-term medical treatment understand what kind of costs can be incurred with private insurance.

For these reasons Hometown Emporium, in conjunction with the Stutsman family, has decided to serve a benefit lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 28. Hometown will be serving BBQ pork sandwiches, baked beans, cole slaw, dessert and a bottle of water for $10.

The entirety of the cost of the food has been donated so that the whole $10 will directly benefit Kyle and his family. The ownership at Hometown Emporium encourages Exeter residents to call ahead and reserve their lunch. The restaurant will also have delivery available for businesses with orders of 10 or more meals; these orders must be arranged in advance.

For more information, call Hometown Emporium at 559-592-1250 to pre-order your “Kyle Lunch.”

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