Mandan News

Benefit planned for Hertel

The public is invited to a benefit for Heidi (Heck) Hertel at the Mandan Eagles on Friday, Feb. 1.

The benefit will begin at 5:30 p.m., and will include a freewill supper, silent and live auction, pie sale, games and a dance. Those who attend are encouraged to wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness.

Hertel, 36, was raised in Mandan, and graduated from Mandan High School in 1994.

On June 8, 2012, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Two weeks later, Hertel underwent a double mastectomy and had her left lymph nodes removed. After surgery, she was told the tumor was contained and she would need chemotherapy and radiation, after which she would receive a clean bill of health. Just after her first chemo treatment, Hertel’s liver functions were elevated, which prevented her from receiving a second chemo treatment. After many tests and doctor appointments, it was determined that the cancer had spread to her neck and lungs – Stage IV.

Hertel has started chemo treatments again, but has not been able to receive full treatments as she has developed blood clots in her body. She has had to try many different chemo drug combinations since then. In her most recent CT scan, it was determined the cancer has spread to her hipbone. Since this, the family has decided to get a second opinion at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. The benefit will help defray the costs of medical expenses.

A benefit account has also been set up at the Dakota Community Bank, the Heidi Hertel Benefit Account. Silent auction items may also be dropped off any Dakota Community Bank in Mandan or Bismarck.