In a fight against papillary renal cell carcinoma, Rich Hiesterman had his left kidney and lymph nodes in his stomach removed in 2010 in Rochester, Minn.
A type of kidney cancer, it already had spread to the right kidney and lymph nodes in his chest. He continues the fight with a chemo pill, which keeps the cancer from spreading elsewhere, and he will continue with the pills, his family says, until the pills no longer help.
Hiesterman remains at work as a dispatcher at Decker Truck Line, and the family has insurance. However, medical expenses not covered by insurance and other expenses continue to mount, so a benefit is planned.
A "Grill Out and Sweet Corn" benefit will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 4 at the Lion's Den, the former Izaak Walton clubhouse. The menu will include sweet corn along with hamburgers, hot dogs, brats and pork patties and an assortment of salads and chips. A freewill donation will be accepted.
Live and silent auctions will begin after lunch, and there will be a 50/50 drawing and raffle, with karaoke and a deejay from Redneck Karaoke and DJ Services.
A few of the live auction items are Iowa and Iowa state football tickets, a quarter beef plus processing and photography sitting sessions. Silent auction items include gift baskets, company T-shirts, a casino package from Wild Rose Casino in Emmetsburg and gift certificates for restaurants and bars.
Money may be sent to Team Hiesterman, Frontier Credit Union, 13 S. Third St., Fort Dodge, IA 50501.
Vicki and Rich Hiesterman have been married for 43 years and are the parents of four sons and a daughter. They have six grandchildren. He is an avid Iowa Hawkeye football fan.
Contact Sandy Mickelson at (515) 573-2141 or firstname.lastname@example.org