The family and friends of Lakian Lehenbauer are asking those who can to mark their calendars to attend a benefit to help their loved one help fight cancer by easing the financial burden of conquering her diagnosis. Lakian Lehenbauer was diagnosed with a large brain tumor earlier this year, causing pressure to her brain on the left side of her skull. A benefit will be held on August 7 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 424 S. Locust, Monroe City. The benefit is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m., which includes a free will dinner, silent auction, live auction and raffles.
Lakian demonstrates her sweet and shy character, as she faces each day with determination and charisma, humbly stating, “This has definitely made me more aware of life and more grateful. I say my prayers differently at night.” While Lakian and her family are doing all they can to help with her care, the cost to do so continues to increase.
Lakian explained the financial burdens of having to re-establish herself in another City, where she is receiving care while keeping up with her current bills is expensive. There are lots of costs that begin to add up such as hotel stays, driving expenses and meals, along with insurance deductibles and out of pocket expenses.
Items available for auction include photography sessions, Mudd Pie for a year, tree stands, a gun, vacation packages, Crossbow, quilts, concert and rodeo tickets to the Missouri State Fair, taxidermy mounts, golf items, baskets, KC Royals tickets, jewelry, cornhole boards, home décor, bed and breakfast packages, along with several other items. There is something for everyone.
The wearing of masks is encouraged for the safety of Lakian, social distancing around Lakian will be enforced to ensure her the healthiest experience. Lakian is the daughter of Curt and Kara Lehenbauer, and sister to her three brothers, Gavin, Ethan and Owen.
Walking this out has not been an easy journey, but one she faces with a victory in view. Lakian started her yearlong treatment plan this week which includes chemotherapy and wearing an Optune cap. The cap is an electric skull cap that works by zapping the growth of cancerous cells in the brain. She wears her new cap with style and grace, explaining the process, she stated, “I will have to wear this cap on my head for 18 hours a day and carry this bag with it.” The bag is a battery pack, which allows her to be more mobile while receiving the long hours of treatment. Lakian hasn’t put her job on the side, stating, “I hope to be back to work by September working part-time, I miss the people and the regular routine of life.”