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‘Tough for Trudy’ benefit set for Sept. 21

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 1:00 p.m. CDT

LADD — A fundraiser to benefit Trudy Barrowman-Palm will begin at 5 p.m. Sept. 21 at Dick’s in Ladd.

Trudy went in for a routine pap test in late December 2012 and the test came back irregular. A carcinoma the size of a grain of salt was found on the test. Doctors knew something was not correct and recommended that she have a complete hysterectomy. During the procedure, doctors were surprised at what they found. Trudy had a very rare type of cancer, Peritoneal Psammoma Carcinoma, that had webbed almost all of her internal organs together. There are only 29 known cases of this type of cancer in the world. The cancer had also spread to her ovaries and she was diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer. Doctors have been treating her very aggressively with chemotherapy and now she awaits exploratory surgery to find out if the treatment has worked.

Trudy is a life-long resident of Spring Valley and has been a licensed cosmetologist for the past 27 years. She owned and operated Vogue Creations in Spring Valley for 26 years and also was a hair stylist at Liberty Village for many years. She could be seen at Illinois Valley Community Hospital as an EKG tech and in her spare time she enjoyed working as a jewelry consultant at Zales in the Peru Mall.

The benefit includes a bean bag tournament with registration at 5 p.m. The cost is $25 to enter a two-person team or $15 for a single. The tournament will begin at 6 p.m.

Games and raffles will take place throughout the evening. “Tough for Trudy” T-shirts will also be available for $15. Some of the larger items up for raffle will be a party bus from the Right Spice Supper Club (a $400 value), a chair from Steinberg’s, a Ruger 10/22 Rifle with a red dot scope and 100 rounds of ammo and a 9mm Ruger hand pistol. (Guns will be picked up at Mean Metal Guns after the correct paperwork is completed). A variety of baskets from name brand vendors will entice everyone and many great gift cards from local businesses and restaurant will also be available.

Dinner will be $10 and the menu includes salad, breadsticks, pasta and chicken. A variety of desserts will also be offered. Tickets will be available at the door.

For more information, call Wendy at 815-252-3314 or Brittany at 815-993-3779.

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