Kensington’s Debbie and Tim Moen have had a tough winter, and on Saturday, May 21, the Kensington Lions Club is going to sponsor a pancakes and sausage breakfast and silent auction fundraiser for them from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 at the Kensington Community Center.
This past January, Debbie, who worked in the shipping department of Beacon Manufacturing, Alexandria, had what she thought was pneumonia. She went to her doctor who ordered a series of x-rays where he discovered a tumor in a lung. On February 14, she was diagnosed with Stage 3B lung cancer.
“Stage 3B means its not the worst, which is Stage 4,” said Debbie. “And while it means there is no cure, they can try to maintain it, and shrink it.”
To that end, the 64-year-old underwent a round of radiation and one and one-half months of chemo.
“I see the doctor every two weeks and we monitor it.”
Then, just a couple of weeks ago, Tim, 67, recently retired from Superior Manufacturing of Morris, was walking for exercise at the YMCA in Alexandria when he had a heart attack.
“It was a good place to have a heart attack,” said Tim. “They had defibrillator, got my heart going again, and I was sent to St. Cloud.”
The couple are both at home now, a couple miles south of Kensington on the farm they have lived on for well over 20 years. Debbie and Tim have two sons: Andy, who lives in Henning, and David, who lives in Roslyn, SD. Together they have given Debbie and Tim five grand kids.
“Our first granddaughter is getting married in June,” said Debbie. She is planning to be there.
Well over 50 individuals and/or businesses are donating items for the silent auction. They include everything from gift certificates to restaurants, and gas, to a pedal tractor, a photo package, a couple half hogs, a nice fire ring, and a AR-15 rifle.
“It is really amazing that people are willing to spend their hard-earned money to help us out,” said Debbie. “These are special people.”