Gittens cancer benefit August 11

A benefit for Tom Gittens has been set for Saturday, Aug. 11 at 2 p.m. at the Brownsville Community Center.

Gittens has been fighting Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia and Myelodysplastic Syndrome. In order to guarantee any sort of “cure” he must undergo a bone marrow transplant. This will require him to stay within 15 minutes of Mayo Medical Center in Rochester for at least 90 days, as the risks of this procedure are so great. Gittens’ sister, Barbara, has blood that is a perfect match and he will receive the transplant on Aug. 6.

Gittens has been a member of the Brownsville community for over 60 years. His six children, Jennifer, Emily, Mollie, Matt (Ambuel), Bethany (Ambuel) and Alberta all attended Caledonia High School.

“Please come support our family in this time of need. In addition to  the many activities, your well wishes would be a great support as we embark on this journey,” Emily Gittens said.

The event will feature live auctions, raffles, food, music and children’s activities. Bidders will have a chance to vie for acreage for hunting, guns, Twins tickets, artwork, a barn quilt, a whole pig and much more!

If you are unable to attend the benefit but wish to donate, you can send a check payable to: Tom’s Journey c/o Merchants Bank, 316 Main Street, La Crescent MN, 55947.

To track progress of Tom’s journey or to wish him well, check out the website www.tom’