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Fundraiser Sunday for Sterling woman fighting cancer

Published: Thursday, June 19, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
Cathy "Cat" Duran-Sewell

ROCK FALLS – A benefit will be held Sunday at the new Whiskey Barrel Saloon for a Sterling woman fighting breast cancer.

Cathy "Cat" Duran-Sewell, 44, was diagnosed in February. The cancer has spread, causing spinal compression, and has metastasized to her lungs, spine, hips and tailbone.

Duran-Sewell has four daughters, Cecily, 16, Cymone and Cydney, 14, and Cienna, 7. She worked at O'Reilly's Auto Parts in Rock Falls.

She is being treated at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. The benefit, which will be held from noon to 7 p.m. at the saloon, 305 W. Second St., will help pay medical expenses.

A bags tournament will start at noon. The cost is $20 per person, with two-person teams. There also will be a bake sale, children's activities, including a clown from 1 to 3 p.m., and raffles, including one for a PC notebook and one for a $500 cash prize, DJs will provide music.

There also will be live and silent auctions, with items including a touchscreen laptop computer, sports memorabilia such as signed Chicago Blackhawks jerseys, and basketballs signed by Sterling High School graduate and former University of Illinois starter Joseph Bertrand, and four tickets to a July 24 Jay Z and Beyoncé concert.

A dessert auction will start at 2:30 p.m.

Donations also may be made to the Cathy Duran-Sewell Fund at Community State Bank in Rock Falls.

For more information, call Michelle Martinez-Frank at 815-441-5173, Salvador "Chavo" Estrada at 815-622-8506, or Mary Duran-White at 815-631-9526.

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