Sandy Puttbrese is battling uterine cancer.
A Grand Forks daycare provider for 21 years, Puttbrese underwent a radical hysterectomy Oct. 3 at the Mayo medical complex in Rochester, Minn., to remove cancer that began in her uterus and spread to her ovaries.
Surgery came about 1½ weeks after the 50-year-old began experiencing very uncomfortable stomach pains, she said. Earlier, Puttbrese experienced some abnormal bleeding, but she thought it was related to menopause.
Her Mayo surgery was arranged quickly after her Altru Health System medical team in Grand Forks discovered a malignancy nearly six inches in length on one of her ovaries.
The Mayo medical team also removed and checked more than 70 of the lymph nodes closest to Sandy’s cancer and found no more evidence of it having spread, she said.
Chemotherapy is scheduled to begin Oct. 29 in Grand Forks. Six chemo cycles – once every 21 days – are scheduled to address any cancer cells circulating in her body fluids, she said. Radiation treatments are planned but not yet scheduled; they must wait at least six weeks after her surgery.
NDAD is a sponsor and custodian of funds raised during two November events started by friends and family members to assist Sandy, who was raised in the International Falls, Minn., area and went to college at Bemidji (Minn.) State. The events:
• A Pizza Ranch Community Impact event from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, at its Grand Forks restaurant, 3730 32nd Ave. S. Pizza Ranch will donate to the Puttbrese fundraiser 20 percent of all sales – dine in, take out, or delivery – made to customers who submit a special invitation at the time of purchase. (Click the image shown here to open it before printing it for use Nov. 12). Pizza Ranch also will donate 100 percent of all tips.
• A free-will offering spaghetti dinner, plus a bake sale and silent auction, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at the Oslo (Minn.) Community Center.
Oslo is the home of Sandy’s sister and brother-in-law, Connie and Bo Ruport, who are serving as chairpersons for the benefit. Sandy is a member of Oslo’s American Legion Auxiliary.
One-hundred percent of the proceeds will go to help offset Sandy’s medical and essential day-to-day expenses.
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans also is a sponsor of the Puttbrese fundraiser.
You can donate using the “Give Online” button next to an article about Sandy on NDAD’s website.
Donations also can be mailed to: NDAD, c/o Sandy Puttbrese Fundraiser, 2660 S. Columbia Road, Grand Forks, ND 58201. Please make checks payable: NDAD / Sandy Puttbrese.
About NDAD Community Fundraisers
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.
The community fundraiser service is offered free of charge by NDAD. All funds raised are spent on the client’s needs – in Sandy Puttbrese’s case, medical-related bills and essential day-to-day expenses. It’s a service NDAD has provided across North Dakota for the majority of its 37 years. References are available.
The service offers benefits in several ways. NDAD is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, meaning any funds donated to NDAD qualify for a charitable donation and are deductible for donors who itemize. Funds donated to bank accounts that are not under 501(c)(3) status are not deductible funds.
Donations directly to a needy individual also may cause that person to lose eligibility for various public assistance programs that are based on income. With NDAD as fund custodian, the funds should protect eligibility for public programs. NDAD tracks all funds raised and expenses paid. The client, family member or representative can bring in the donation, and NDAD will provide the necessary accounting functions.
Approved bills must be submitted to NDAD, where they will be paid with donated funds — a service that can be of great relief to individuals or families dealing with overwhelming situations. If clients are at medical facilities out of town for long periods of time, it also can be a great convenience.
NDAD’s long reputable service in North Dakota also is a factor sometimes when potential donors consider a fundraiser sponsored by the organization.
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 NDAD-sponsored fundraisers at http://www.ndad.org/fundraisers.asp .