Benefit planned for family affected by brain cancer
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 5:11 AM
The morning of Dec. 1, 2013 is a morning that Becky Wiemerslage will not soon forget. It was the day when she woke up to find her husband, Kyle, suffering from a seizure. It was shortly after this and several scans that revealed that Kyle had a tumor in his brain.
Kyle and Becky Wiemerslage with their two-year-old daughter, Makenzie. In December, Kyle was found to have a malignant brain tumor. The staff at Merchants Bank are organizing a benefit for the family.
Soon after on Dec. 4, Kyle had surgery to remove the majority of the tumor, which was then found to be malignant. Kyle is now being treated daily by chemotherapy and radiation therapy at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse.
Both Kyle and Becky are graduates of Spring Grove High School and are proud parents of two-year-old Makenzie Wiemerslage. They live about five miles from Spring Grove in the direction of Eitzen.
To make the current situation worse, Kyle does not have health insurance and is unable to return to work at Wiemerslage Trucking until his next scheduled MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scan on March 17. Becky has been working at Merchant's Bank in Spring Grove since September and supplements their income working part-time at Kwik Trip.
"It's a lot of stress financially because he can't work," Becky said. "People already have helped us out a lot, we just need a lot of prayers for him (Kyle)."
At the time of this report, Kyle had just started his radiation treatments. However, he said he is ready to move on and start doing the things he enjoys, such as riding on the four-wheeler with his daughter. "I'm going insane, sitting at home everyday," Kyle said with a smile. "It gets boring, doing nothing (and not) getting out of the house."
An account has been created at Merchants Bank to help the family with the cost of Kyle's health care. Staff at the bank is also planning a benefit on Saturday, March 8 at the Fest Building in Spring Grove. A meal will be served starting at 4 p.m. and a live auction to start at 6 p.m. The Cody Band will perform at 8 p.m.
Right now, the bank is collecting items for the auction, which can be dropped off at Merchants Bank in Spring Grove.