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|Coe battles cancer, people show how much they care|
By Kate Howes
Three years ago, Keri Coates Coe of Dixon battled cancer and won.
Little did she know she'd have to summon up her strength so soon and fight the good fight once again.
It's helpful knowing just how many family, friends, co-workers and area community members she has in her corner cheering her on.
In fact, Coe's loved ones are planning a benefit for her Saturday, Feb. 8, at Wheatland Community Hall located at 107 W. Jefferson St.
The doors will open at 4:30 p.m. A free-will offering chili supper is slated 5-7 p.m. There will be a 50/50 drawing, a silent and live auction, raffles and trivia.
An account also has been set up at Valley Bank branches under the "Care for Keri" fund.
All proceeds will go to help the Coe family cover the costs of her treatments and other medical expenses.
Coe currently is undergoing treatment for Stage 4 liver cancer, a diagnosis she received last fall after suffering from stomach pains.
Last August, Coe just had been moved to the survivor clinic having beat squamous cell cancer located in a parotid gland, which also is considered a major salivary gland in the throat.
In the summer of 2010, Coe noticed some swelling in her glands and that fall doctors told her it was cancer.
Surgery was performed to remove several small tumors in her neck followed by radiation treatment.
After a series of routine x-rays to ensure the cancer was gone, Coe was considered a survivor.
A mere couple of months later, she again found herself right where she'd been three years before - in front of a doctor who told her she had cancer.
"I thought it was all over," Coe relates. "I guess it wasn't. It was like a punch in the gut. I was not expecting to hear that at all."
This time around, the type of cancer is the same; however it spread to her liver and lungs.
Coe is undergoing aggressive chemotherapy treatment. Soon, she will travel to Iowa City, get a CAT scan and see if the chemo is actually working.
Coe says she is fortunate her employers at River Valley Coop in Mt. Joy are allowing her to work from home as the treatments cause her to get very tired.
"They've been wonderful," Coe shares. "I also am the city clerk for Dixon and they've been extremely helpful as well."
For her own sake and that of her family's, Coe says she is focusing on trying to maintain a normal routine.
"I try to keep everything as organized and as normal as possible," she relates.
Coe credits her husband, Rich, for being so supportive and such a wonderful "chauffer."
She also says she is going to do her very best to make it to the benefit; however, it all will depend on how she's feeling that night.
Regardless, she is extremely thankful to everyone who has helped her and her family in any way.
"I appreciate all the donations and the efforts of everyone in town," Coe shares. "From DeWitt, to Davenport, Wheatland and beyond. It's just wonderful. That's why it's great to come from a small community."
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