By Daniel E. McGonigle
The Caledonia Argus
On April 27, Kevin Steele was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). He was subsequently hospitalized for 49 days in Rochester, while undergoing chemotherapy.
During this time his wife, Tamiko Hubka, was making daily trips back and forth to Rochester, trying to work part time, be there to support her husband and also be with their daughter, Gina.
Kevin is currently undergoing additional chemotherapy and is waiting for a bone marrow transplant, which, at that time, Kevin and Tamiko will have to find accomodations to stay in Rochester for at least three months after the bone marrow transplant has taken place.
Tamiko will need to stay with him during that time, as Kevin needs his own caregiver after the transplant occurs.
As they wait, the couple have been making daily trips back and forth to Rochester.
Kevin and Tamiko have a daughter, Gina, age 12. Kevin has a son, Wylie, age 23. They all reside in Caledonia.
Family and friends are organizing a benefit for the family on Saturday, September 6, at St. Mary’s School in Caledonia.
Several area businesses have made donations. There will be a silent auction, food, games and other events as part of the fundraiser.
The benefit is sponsored by the Caledonia Rod and Gun Club and the Caledonia Lions Club.
Supplemental funds for the lunch and bake sale will be provided by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.
Raffle tickets will also be sold. Raffle tickets are available for $20. The grand prize is $3,000, First prize is $1,000; second prize is a DPMS Oracle 5.56 rifle and third prize is a Henry Goldenboy .22 rifle.
The drawing will be held on the day of the benefit at 7 p.m. and you need not be present to win.
If you’d like to make a cash donation, they can be sent to:
Kevin Steele Family Benefit
c/o Merchants Bank
1 Sprague Square
Caledonia, MN 55921
You can also make a donation, or donate an auction item by contacting Nancy Steele at 507-725-2359, Kelly Meyer at 507-450-9395, Mike Buttell at 608-780-0871 or Ann Schmitz at 507-429-1018.