MARK — Tina Myres' life turned upside down in April. The rural Hennepin woman went in for surgery to remove what was believed to be a benign tumor. Unfortunately, what the doctors found was actually Stage 4 sarcoma.
A benefit is being held for Myres and her family on Sept. 6 at the Clover Club at 105 E. Hennepin St. in Mark. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children, 3 to 12, which includes food, drinks and children's games and activities. The open house starts at 1 p.m., and food will be served from 3 to 9 p.m.
In addition to food, there will be raffles, a silent auction and entertainment from live bands and a disc jockey.
Stage 4 sarcoma is insidious. Soft tissue sarcoma is a disease in which cancer cells are found in soft tissue in the body including muscles, tendons, connective tissue, fat, blood vessels, nerves and joint tissue. According to the American Cancer Society, Stage 4 is the worst; the sarcoma has spread to other areas of the body. It is rarely curable.
"It started as a benign tumor," Myres said. "Somehow, it transformed. Unfortunately, when we did the surgery on the leg, we were under the assumption it was still benign. The procedure that was done was probably the worst thing to do at the time."
The surgery resulted in the amputation of Myres' right foot and much of her shin. Myres' sarcoma has metastasized, primarily to her lungs where sarcoma is the most responsive to treatment, although still not a guarantee.
Myres is undergoing chemotherapy to treat the cancer in her lungs, but the first two combinations of drugs have been unsuccessful. She has numerous treatments and surgeries with more in her future.
Myres is a registered nurse who works at both St. Margaret's Hospital in Spring Valley and Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton. With her training, she knows exactly what's happening to her, and she says that's not easy.
"When you read the report for the RN, and it says 'undifferentiated hidrade,' you know it's not good," Myres said.
Myres is married to Will Myres with two children — Alex, 8, and Lisa, 6. Myres said the kids are still a little young to really understand.
"All they know is now Mommy's got a long leg and a short leg," Myres said.
The benefit is being organized by Myres' co-workers at both hospitals, who have managed to gather a large array of items for the silent auction including autographed sports jerseys, vacation packages, fitness memberships and more.
Tickets and T-shirts are available at 815-883-1013. Direct donations can be made to "Tina Myres Benefit Fund" at Heartland Bank in Princeton.
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