By Starrla Cray
HOWARD LAKE, WINSTED, MN Susan Forsman is a “hardworking and devoted” single mother and grandmother who was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer in March.
To help with medical expenses as Forsman undergoes treatment, the Blue Note in Winsted has organized a benefit Saturday, May 20 from 5 p.m. to midnight.
“All the family except for Sue’s children live over 100 miles away, making it difficult to get the word out,” said Sue’s sister, Deb Kirsch. “The family and Sue appreciate any support, and it means more than words can say. “
Sue grew up in the southern Minnesota town of Austin, and now lives in Howard Lake. She has worked at Littfin Lumber in Winsted for many years, and also works part-time at Keg’s Bar in Winsted.
“She’s very outgoing, and she just loves people,” Deb said.
Sue was suffering from pneumonia-like symptoms this spring, and was initially prescribed antibiotics. Doctors then discovered the cause was lung cancer, in stage two.
Deb, who works as a nurse, said although the survival rate for small cell lung cancer is not high, the family remains hopeful.
“Sue is more than a sister; she is my best friend,” Deb said.
Sue finished her second round of chemotherapy at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester last week.
A May 7 update on her YouCaring website stated, “She is struggling with the side affects of the chemo, not feeling well daily. Her granddaughter was baptized last week and [she] just found out that her daughter is getting married. She continues to try to do things she loves, such as tending to her gardens and birdfeeders.”
This week, Deb is planning to take Sue to the Cancer Treatment Center Of America in Illinois for a second opinion, and to see if any other treatments could be offered.
“It’s not going to hurt,” Deb said.
Sue’s benefit at the Blue Note will start at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 20 with a silent auction, live auction, bake sale, and taco bar. Auction items include Twins tickets, Winstock tickets, cabin giveaways, rifles, framed wildlife prints, a boat, and more. To donate, call Rachel at (320) 485-9698.
Musical entertainment will be provided by Craig Schmidt from 8 p.m. to midnight.
CLICK HERE for a link to Sue’s YouCaring site.