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Benefit offers food, Euchre, auctions

Crest Foods worker battling rare cancer

Published: Thursday, July 31, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
Fran Bulfer Warkins

ASHTON – A benefit for cancer patient Fran Bulfer Warkins, 52, of Ashton and formerly of Dixon, will be held from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Ashton Lions Center, 2128 state Route 38.

Warkins, a Crest Foods worker, was diagnosed with Stage 4 small cell neuroendocrine cervical cancer in January. It’s a rare and aggressive form of cervical cancer, diagnosed in only about 100 women a year. She is undergoing treatment at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

She has two grown daughters, Bridgette Woodall and Mary Bulfer.

The benefit will feature a Euchre tournament that begins at noon. Cash prizes will be awarded.

Spaghetti dinner will be served; the cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children 11 and younger.

There also will be 50/50 drawings, a silent auction, and a live auction for items such as a Sean Considine-autographed football and Southwest Airline tickets.

In addition, an account under the name Franny’s Fighters has been set up at First National Bank of Ashton.

Proceeds will be put toward Warkins’ medical expenses.

Follow her progress on Facebook by searching for “Fran Bulfer Warkins cancer benefit.”

Call Kathy Lane, 815-677-3699, to donate auction items or for more information.

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