DANSVILLE — Many came to honor a friend and family member who is battling Large Cell B lymphoma at a cancer benefit held at the Dansville Moose Lodge on July 22.
AMVETS Riders Former President Frank Dieter went through his last batch of chemotherapy, and will know after a CAT Scan this week if he needs to start radiation treatment.
Dieter said that the MRI Scan was denied by the insurance, so he will get a CAT Scan instead.
“The cancer comes from a round-up of large lympho B Cells in the bloodstream,” he said. “I felt this pain by my kidney and went in to the hospital. I was in so much pain, and found out I had cancer. The doctors told me that this is the kind of cancer do get, because it is more controlled.”
Dieter doesn’t want to be exposed to the radiation, and he hopes all will be well when he gets his test results back.
“I appreciate what everyone has done very much,” he said. “The ladies have worked very hard to put this (benefit) together.”
Dieter was born and raised in Adrian, and has worked in several important jobs his whole adult life.
“I had a good group of about 60 people in the AMVETS Riders when I was president,” he said. “I have been riding for 40 years, but I was there for four years, and we raised a lot of money for them. Our group always supported fallen soldiers and local veterans.”
Dieter worked at the Morton Salt Mine in Silver Springs, Kodak, and construction.
Kathy Spencer helped to put the entire event together along with co-workers and spouses of Livingston Wyoming ARC.
“It is an amazing outpour of support for him,” she said. “People are so giving.”
“My niece got diagnosed with the same kind of cancer,” Spencer continued. “It is still there, but hasn’t grown. We had an event like this for her, and it went very well.”
There were about 250 donations of baskets and gift certificates; plus there were over 200 presale tickets for the meals.
Cameron Caffarilli, Frank’s granddaughter, said it is really great that so many people came out to support her grandfather.
“It is very lovely how so many people come out to show their support,” she said.
Sandy Whitman, Cameron’s mom, said that it meant a lot to her to see so many people care about her father.
“I think it is amazing how much love the community has for him, and how very supportive they all are,” she said. “They help him feel loved. It is important when someone has cancer to make them feel loved.”
Smokin Guns played the favorite classics as the basket raffle, bake sale, door prizes, and meals were going on.