Kelly Hutton returned to work in Grand Forks Monday, still buoyed by self-described “wonderful news” in late September about her outlook after cancer surgery.
Hutton – who, with her baby son Mason, is the focus of a Nov. 10 fundraiser benefit – works in the Grand Forks County Office of the District Court Clerk.
She had surgery in early September at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, in Minneapolis to remove a high-grade aggressive sarcoma, a type of cancer arising from connective tissue, found near her right rib cage.
It was first confirmed after Mason’s traumatic birth via emergency C-section May 19.
In a follow-up appointment at the University of Minnesota hospital, Kelly’s medical team said her surgical incision looked great, was healing well and was expected to result in minimal disfigurement, “mainly due to the two rib pieces they had to remove” with the sarcoma, she wrote several weeks ago.
“The pathology report on the tumor came back showing that there was NO CANCER in the area of margin (the extra area they cut out to make sure they got all the cancer) and it showed that the radiation had killed 99% of the tumor,” Kelly wrote then. “The doctors stated it was rare to have a pathology report come back that good.”
She will have a follow-up computed tomography (CT) scan after further recovery from surgery, “and if everything looks okay on that scan I will merely have to have a CT scan 2 to 3 times a year as I am at higher risk for reoccurrence,” she wrote.
“I am so lucky and blessed to have such wonderful news. I thank God for my doctors, Dr. Noyes and Dr. Potti at the Cancer Center of ND in Grand Forks and Dr. Tuttle and Dr. Landis at the U of M for such amazing work and for giving me back my life.”
2012 has been challenging for Kelly and baby Mason and for husband and father Chris, a Grand Forks County sheriff’s deputy and twice-deployed National Guardsman.
Mason was born without a heart rate and was not breathing at birth. His umbilical cord was wrapped multiple times around his neck and body. He lacked oxygen for about eight minutes before he was revived. Mason also experienced a brain bleed and bilaterial brain damage, plus seizures and some hearing loss in his left ear.
While he’s met multiple developmental milestones, his ultimate outcome will be clarified only with age and further development.
Mason’s father, Chris, is no stranger to adversity.
His right leg was amputated below the knee after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver in July 2006 while Hutton was writing his motorcycle.
The much-publicized incident did not deter Hutton from resuming law-enforcement work and other pursuits. Earlier this year, he was named VFW Law Enforcement Office of the Year for North Dakota.
The benefit for Kelly Hutton and little Mason is set for Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Eagles Club in East Grand Forks, Minn. It will feature a baked potato bar from 4 to 7 p.m., with a silent auction and a bake sale starting one hour earlier, at 3 p.m., and concluding an hour beyond the end of the silent auction.
If you would like to contribute items toward the silent auction, contact Lori Troyer or Ryan Bjertness at firstname.lastname@example.org
Charitable nonprofit NDAD, a benefit sponsor, is serving as custodian for all funds raised. One-hundred percent of the proceeds will be used to help offset Mason and Kelly Hutton’s medical and essential related expenses.
You can help the Huttons by mailing a donation to: NDAD, c/o Kelly and Mason Hutton Fundraiser, 2660 S. Columbia Road, Grand Forks, ND 58201. Please make checks payable to: NDAD / Kelly and Mason Hutton.
Or, you can donate online, using a credit card, at http://www.ndad.org/fundraisers.asp .
About NDAD’s Community Fundraisers program
NDAD-sponsored community fundraisers are conducted by friends and families of a person with a disability or a serious health challenge.
NDAD acts as custodian of the funds raised, which can be used to help the individual with medical and other urgent needs and expenses, including helping with doctor, clinic or hospital bills and paying pre-existing bills. NDAD allows the client to use the bank of his or her choice to hold all funds that are raised.
Also, NDAD provides marketing and consulting expertise to help with fundraisers, including creation and copying of posters, letters or any other advertising items necessary for fundraisers.
Learn more about NDAD’s Community Fundraisers program by calling (701) 775-5577 or toll free 1 (800) 532-NDAD. Learn about other upcoming fundraisers at http://www.ndad.org/fundraisers.asp .