UNION — If you’d like to help the family of a young girl being treated for brain cancer while also indulging your taste for hot dogs you’ll want to be at Sims Middle School Thursday evening.
Ruthie Dean is the daughter of Jeff and Courtney Dean and an 8th grade student at Sims Middle School. In September, she began suffering from a headache that lasted for four days and then, while at school, she vomited. Since she suffers from blood disorders, Ruthie’s family rushed her to the emergency room so she could receive fluids. The physician on duty ordered a CT scan which revealed a tumor the size of a golf ball in the upper left quadrant of Ruthie’s brain. The tumor and the pressure it was putting on her brain is what had caused Ruthie’s headaches and vomiting.
After the tumor was detected, Ruthie then underwent an MRI, the results of which lead her doctors to decide that the tumor had to be removed surgically. The procedure, which took four hours to complete, was performed on Sept. 22 and resulted in the successful removal of the tumor. Ruthie was subsequently able to return to school.
Unfortunately, the pathology of the tumor revealed that Ruthie has Grade 4 Glioblastoma, a particularly aggressive form of cancer that begins in the brain. The diagnosis meant that Ruthie would have to undergo additional surgery, which took place in October. She is also having to undergo chemotherapy and radiation treatment to fight the disease.
The news of Ruthie’s condition has resulted in an outpouring of support for the Dean family with several fundraisers having been organized and held on their behalf. The latest of these will be a hot dog sale at Sims Middle School this Thursday (Nov. 2) from 5-7 p.m. All proceeds from Thursday’s sale will go to help Ruthie’s family pay for her medical expenses.
A hot dog plate with all the trimmings — onions, mustard, chili — and including potato chips, a Little Debbie cake, and Coca-Coal will be $5. An extra hot dog will cost $2.
Craft items will also be raffled off during the fundraiser, including a China cabinet, at $5 per raffle ticket. Gift baskets made by teachers at Sims will also be raffled off, at $1 per ticket.
The following businesses have donated the food that will be used to make the hot dog plates at Thursday’s fundraiser:
• Little Debbie
• Bantam Chef
• State Farm Insurance
• Allstate Insurance
• Sam’s Club
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.