LAKE BARRINGTON – Lorna Kube remembers seeing her sister in pristine health during a family party in late March.
Now, nearly a month later, Kube and the rest of the family have gone from throwing parties to organizing benefits to help her sister, Lisa Rehling, overcome a life-threatening form of lung cancer.
The diagnosis happened in the days after the family party.
Rehling, an assistant director of nursing at Fair Oaks in Crystal Lake, visited the doctor to get checked for pneumonia. The doctors instead found that roughly two-thirds of her lung had collapsed, and she was diagnosed with small-cell lung cancer.
“It was completely out of the blue,” Kube said. “One day, it wasn’t there and another day it was. ... She really is fighting for her life every day.”
Kube said that a small percentage of people with Rehling’s form of lung cancer survive past five years. But the doctors have told Rehling that the early detection means she has a better chance at survival.
A mother and grandmother in her 50s, Rehling already has gone through two rounds of chemotherapy, with six more weeks of treatment left, Kube said. Rehling had to stop working at Fair Oaks, and she often frequents the hospital for treatment.
Kube, her family and Rehling’s co-workers have organized a daylong benefit Saturday at the Professional Baseball Instruction of Illinois, 28039 NorthPointe Parkway, Lake Barrington.
“A Lift for Lisa” benefit features a kids’ fair in the afternoon and a four-hour silent auction in the evening. Children can enjoy obstacle courses, carnival games and face painting, while the auction features live music and raffle prizes.
The items for auction include an iPhone 5, autographed memorabilia from NFL and college football teams, gift cards and gift baskets. Tickets for the all-day benefit are $10 at the door.
Proceeds will go toward Rehling’s cancer treatment and daily living expenses.
The benefit marks a hectic month for Rehling’s family, who have placed more than 30 donation jars throughout businesses in the Crystal Lake area. People also can donate through the A Lift for Lisa website at www.aliftforlisa.com, or by visiting Cary Bank and Trust, 60 E. Main St., Cary.
“She’s always been taking care of everybody else, and now we have to take care of her,” Kube said.