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Fight from Fairway includes
two Tracy beneficiaries

Eastbay is hosting event

By Kyleen Olson


The annual Fight from the Fairway Foundation golf tournament tees off Saturday, August 27, at the Eastbay 9 Golf Course in Balaton.

Proceeds from the event go to four area people who are battling cancer: Liam Dieter and Mary Munson of Tracy, Dan Kraft of Canby, and Karen Ricke of Marshall.

Advance registration for the two-person, best-ball tournament is encouraged by contacting Pat Goltz at 320-291-5096.

In addition to the golf tourney, a bake sale and silent auction are planned, with both starting at 10 a.m. The silent auction includes gift baskets, books, sports memorabilia and more. Winners will be contacted at 5:30 p.m.

A beanbag tournament starts at 1 p.m. Food from KirPatrick’s Pub & Grill of Balaton will be available during the day.  Here are sketches on the two Tracy recipients.


Liam Dieter

Liam was diagnosed with a Wilm’s tumor at the age of 10 months. The doctors removed the tumor, however tests came back that showed it had spread microscopically into his renal vein. Liam then went through six radiation treatments along with chemotherapy for six months for a total of 12 treatments of two or three drugs.

In June of 2014 he had a six-month scan and it showed growth in his nodules that had been there at his three-month scan.

“They removed them not knowing what they were,” Liam’s mom Monica said, “ it was unusual and it took weeks to find out if they were cancer or not.” The tests came back that the cancer was back.

Liam began an aggressive treatment, which required him to stay in the hospital. He had six rounds with five days per round and two to three drugs a day was the original plan. However, after the first three rounds doctors thought that if they continued the treatment, it would most likely kill him.

“They were comfortable saying the chemo he had received had killed any cancer still active,” Monica said. While in treatment, Liam received many blood and platelet transfusions.

Overall during his relapse it totaled 63 individual chemo treatments, 51 days in the hospital (over 70 days). After his body had recovered he then underwent ten radiation treatments that ended before Christmas of 2015.

Liam has had clean scans since then. His next scheduled scan is Aug. 30.


Mary Munson

Mary Munson has gone from feeling mild adnominal pain to being diagnosed with uterine cancer to being a beneficiary of the Fight for the Fairway cancer benefit.

Munson said that she had been having “female” problems in the spring of 2015. After a pap smear came back clean in April, she went along with her life. Later that summer she began to have heavy bleeding and then lower back pain started the fall of 2015.

“I tried going to the chiropractor since other tests didn’t show anything,” she explained.

In November she decided to call her doctor and ask for a referral to an OBGYN specialist in Sioux Falls. The only time Munson could get an appointment was in January of 2016. When she explained the symptoms she was having, the doctor ordered a biopsy.

“They found cancer two days later,” she said.


For more on this article, see this week's Headlight-Herald.