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Cancer benefit called a success despite low turnout

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Although just 50 people attended a benefit dinner/dance Saturday night in support of local cancer patient Christina Stoessinger, organizer Linda Thorpe considered it a success.

Thorpe, who lives in North Dakota, said she wasn’t overly surprised at the low turnout given the event fell on the same night as the Rotary Club’s Santa Claus parade here.

But the emotional support and camaraderie shown towards Stoessinger, a 42-year-old single mother currently undergoing radiation treatments in Thunder Bay, more than made up for the shortfall, she stressed.

“It was not a big money-maker but Christina was just thrilled by it all [anyway],” said Thorpe. “It was very worthwhile [and] I was very pleased with the show of support.

“It was a very rewarding evening for her.”

Friend and co-worker Lynn Dolk attended the benefit and echoed an overall feeling of the event’s success.

“It was excellent and the [card] mail was great,” she enthused yesterday afternoon. “The whole thing was very well organized. It’s just too bad more people were not in attendance.”

Thorpe noted Stoessinger has two more weeks of radiation treatments left in her cancer therapy program, and is expected to be able to return to work sometime in January.

She took a leave of absence from her nursing job at Rainycrest Home for the Aged here in April when she was first diagnosed with cancer.

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