Cancer. It's a word that, in and of itself, has the ability to strike fear and sorrow into the hearts of millions of Americans. As any survivor will tell you, the road is periless and often riddled with twists and turns that can make it difficult to keep the goal of beating the disease in view.
Dysart resident Tina Pippert hopes to beat cancer with the help of her friends, family and community. And based on the turnout at last weekend's benefit auction held in her honor, her road to remission will be a much straighter and well-paved path than she could have ever imagined.
Over 200 people packed into the tiny community building on Saturday evening for a night filled with laughter, as well as tears. The public began showing up in droves for the evening's dinner, and by the time the benefit auction rolled around, the building was packed with a standing room only crowd.
Dysart residents opened their hearts and their wallets at the benefit auction for Tina Pippert, who was diagnosed with stage four metastasized mucinous cystadenocarcinoma, a serious and almost always fatal form of colon cancer. Here, residents pack the community building for the auction as Tina fights back tears while addressing the crowd (above right).
Emily Hast, Tina's daughter, addressed the crowd before handing the mic over to her mom. What ensued next left nary a dry eye in the house.
Pippert fought back tears as she looked out over the crowd of her friends, neighbors and well-wishers. She thanked them for their support and reiterated her intention to beat the awful disease.
With tears welling from her eyes, Pippert handed things over to those who organized the event, and the auction began with a bang. A stuffed duck signed by Pippert which started bidding at $50 ended up fetching over $1,000 from one enthusiastic supporter.
The generosity continued through the evening, as people opened their hearts and their wallets to help Pippert in her fight with cancer.
The Channel Cats capped off the night with an evening of musical entertainment for all those that stayed past the auction.
The Pippert family is incredibly grateful to all those who showed up and gave their time and energy to make this event such a rousing success. With the help of the fine folks of Dysart, here's to hoping that despite cancer winning a battle, Tina will have the last say when she wins the war.