JAMESTOWN – A fundraiser to help offset expenses for a SUNY JCC and “The Chophouse On Main” employee who is undergoing cancer treatment is happening this weekend.
Lynn Klingensmith was diagnosed with brain cancer in March when she began struggling to string words together coherently when speaking and typing, a condition known as “aphasia.”
She underwent surgery at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester and the brain tumor was removed, however cancer cells remained, meaning that more treatment is necessary.
In an effort to kill off the rest of the malignant cells, Klingensmith has been undergoing a clinical trial along with chemotherapy and radiation treatment at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she has had to stay in a nearby Airbnb because the treatment center doesn’t have as many patient housing resources available.
The local community has stepped up to help raise money to support her housing and treatments. One big push is being made by “The Chop House On Main,” where Klingensmith was employed before her diagnosis.
“I know cancer is near and dear to all of us because we’ve all had somebody affected by it. We’re very family-oriented around here and Lynn is part of our family. She’s also part of the JCC family… we’re partnering with them as far as doing stuff [during the benefit]. They’re running some basket raffles, we’re going to have some great stuff… It’s going to be a great benefit and we’re looking forward to cutting some of [the] expenses for Lynn and her family,” said Burke Lindquist, executive chef at the establishment. “We all love her here. We love her here, value her here and it’s not the same without her, and we’d love to see her soon.”
The benefit at “The Chop House On Main” will be Sunday, June 27, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Tickets are $30, and this will include a build-your-own pasta buffet, sides, two alcoholic beverages, and desserts. There will also be a basket raffle at the event as well.
A GoFundMe page is also posted online.