Fundraiser helps Virgil woman with leukemia

By on May 10, 2012

CORRECTION: On Page 1A of the May 3 edition of the Elburn Herald, the date of the Pat Probst fundraiser was listed incorrectly. The date of the fundraiser is actually Saturday, May 19, at 4 p.m. Also, the fundraiser is to help Probst pay travel and living expenses related to her bone marrow transplant later this month.
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by Keith Beebe
MAPLE PARK—It was Feb. 8, 2012, when Virgil resident Pat Probst was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), a cancer of blood cells that is fast moving and affects white blood cells known as lymphocytes.

Pat began chemotherapy treatment almost immediately, and was soon experiencing treatment side effects, such as vision change and an inability to taste food. She needs a bone marrow transplant and is scheduled to receive one later this month in Madison, Wis. At that point, she’ll need to live near the hospital while she recovers from the procedure.

“The doctor said her cancer is curable, but will take a very long time to beat the disease,” said Ben Probst, who is Pat’s son.

Ben said the cost of Pat’s bone marrow transplant will not be covered by insurance. Because of this, a fundraiser for Pat will be held at Bootlegger’s Bar, Grill and Pizza, 107 Main St. in Maple Park, on Saturday, May 19, at 4 p.m. The event will feature a raffle including Cubs and football tickets, gift baskets and golf packages. There will also be a cash raffle, with tickets currently available at Bootlegger’s and Casey’s Gas Station in Maple Park.

“The raffle has been a couple months in the works. As soon as we learned what all of the transplant entailed, Tony and Donna (Herrington) from Bootlegger’s said they wanted to help with the benefit raffle, and have been great in doing so,” Ben said.

In addition to Pat’s acute lymphocytic leukemia, her husband, Ken, recently found out that his prostate cancer, removed a year ago, had returned. He has already begun five-day-a-week radiation treatment, while Pat continues with her four-day-a-week treatment.

“Due to mom’s blood levels and lack of immune system from the cancer, she has to be on strict diets, and risk of any infection stops her from eating many things she loves,” Ben said. “Most important, (it) stops her from seeing her grandchildren at times, who mom loves so much. She says that’s one of the hardest things for her.”

Ben said the show of support from the community has been overwhelming.

“Everyone has been great in donating … Mom says that she just wishes it could all be over and that she doesn’t want to be sick anymore. She also says she can’t believe the things people have done so far to help and the get-well cards she has received,” he said.

Anyone interested in donating to the Pat Probst fundraiser can call Ben at (815) 739-0175.