Though Terri Reed is cancer-free, the repercussions remain.
The McPherson resident was diagnosed with stage 4 cervical cancer in mid-2013 and was given a very bleak outlook. But Terri fought a hard with aggressive treatment, and in 2018, she celebrated five years cancer-free.
The residual effects of the aggressive treatment has caused multiple medical situations since fall 2013.
“There have been ongoing and significant medical concerns. It’s just an accumulation of things resulting from the treatment that got rid of her cancer,” said Teri Russell, friend of Terri. “It’s been such a long journey and this last episode has taken a toll on her spirits.”
To ease the financial burden, Russell and other community members are hosting a “Love-Fest for the Reeds” event.
The event will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 at First Christian Church, 101 S. Walnut, McPherson.
Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a silent auction will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. There are more than 100 items in the auction, and raffle tickets will also be sold.
Though the event is focused on fundraising, the excitement and well-wishes are also improving things for Terri.
“She’s been in the hospital since Dec. 14, so we thought it was really good timing (to hold the event). Being in the hospital so much, you get really down,” said Nancy Trease, another of the event’s organizers. “This has given her so much new excitement. So many people are posting on Facebook and sending her cards; that is really boosting her to see all these friends supporting her.”
Ronnie and Terri Reed have lived in McPherson more than 35 years. Ronnie works for Williams and Terri spent many years on Main Street at Ebaugh’s and The Cook’s Nook. Their children, Tiffany (Reed) Goracke and Blake Reed, both graduated from McPherson High School and the Reeds were very involved there and at McPherson College with Blake.
“Blake died 2010 with complications of Muscular Dystrophy, but he was very involved in the community and a lot of people know the family,” Russell said.
With her cancer treatment in Tulsa, Oklahoma and her current specialists in Kansas City, travel and treatment costs have added up. Terri’s most recent hospital stay at KU Medical Center has been more than six weeks.
“We’re anticipating another surgery late this week, a few weeks of recovery and then we’ll get her home,” Russell said.
Since Terri and Ronnie Reed will be unable to attend the event, attendees will be able to write out messages and snap pictures in a photo booth. The photos will be passed along to the Reeds.
“There’s been so much we can’t do. We’re not doctors; we can’t help medically, but this is something we can do,” Russell said.
While the main goal of the event is to relieve the financial burden, the team would also like to remind the family of their community support. Those with a favorite story, memory or photo with Terri Reed should send them to email@example.com
Those who wish to contribute but can’t attend can send donations to the “Terri & Ronnie Reed Benefit Fund” at People’s Bank, PO Box 1226, McPherson, KS 67460.