Margaret Martini
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May 29, 2012
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Helping an Incline Village neighbor in need

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — If you have lived in North Lake Tahoe for very long, you have probably become acquainted with Barbara Brown. She has been a Tahoe resident for 38 years. She moved here from Canton, Ohio, and resided in Kings Beach initially, where she sold real estate for 7 years.

After marrying and giving birth to her one and only daughter, Christina, she taught kindergarten at Truckee Christian School and then became the Director of Christian Education at the Village Presbyterian Church for 14 years.

She is best known for teaching Good News Clubs after school for elementary age children for 22 years in Incline Village. She has also taught teens how to lead 5-day clubs for children in the community during the summers at various locations around the lake for 20 years. And if you haven’t met her through those experiences, you may have met her at the dog park.

Barbara was diagnosed with uterine cancer last July. She began chemotherapy treatments in September 2011 that lasted until January 2012 and appeared to effectively treat the cancer. Unfortunately, her latest test results have shown that the cancer has come back.

She is awaiting a chemo-sensitivity test to determine which chemotherapy drugs her body responds to. Since this is an alternative rather than standard treatment, her insurance is not covering it. The rest of her chemotherapy treatments will be an out-of-pocket expense.

A bank account has been set up in her name at U.S. Bank in Incline Village for anyone who wishes to help Barbara with her new medical expenses. Her account number — 153755223242 — can be accessed online at each donor’s private bill pay account or a deposit can be made at U.S. Bank in reference to Barbara Brown.

Additionally, a fundraising event will take place at Mofo’s restaurant in the Christmas Tree Shopping Center on Thursday, June 7, from 5-9 p.m.; 100 percent of proceeds will go toward Barbara’s medical expenses. Twenty dollars will be collected at the door for dinner, including pizza and salad bar. Raffle prizes and silent auction items will be offered as well.

Once the financial support required is raised, Barbara will begin her treatments. Hopefully, these will begin in June, as all the money has to be paid in full before the treatments begin. Thank you to anyone who is able to help her in her fight against cancer.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated May 29, 2012 02:37PM Published May 29, 2012 02:36PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.