ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – A Rochester man’s family is doing all it can to support him as he deals with the battle of his life.
Gerald Giem had a seizure back in October which led him to slamming into a tree. After he was taken to a hospital, doctors informed him he had a Grade III brain tumor. A Grade III tumor is spreading into other parts of the brain and can often come back.
Giem underwent a 17 hours of surgery while awake, but there were parts of the tumor that could not be removed. “It’s in parts of my brain that they can’t get to so it’s incurable, so I mean ultimately it probably will be the end of me,” said Giem.
He’s accepted that reality but Giem also told KTTC he will not go down without a fight. “I made a lot of promises that I wouldn’t succumb to this disease, and I don’t plan on it,” said Giem. “I’m gonna beat it I’ve said from day one that I’m gonna beat it and I’m gonna beat it. I will survive, and I will beat this thing one way or another whatever it takes.”
Giem’s family and friends will be throwing him a benefit this Saturday at the Eagles Club from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. to raise funds to alleviate some of the financial burden on the family.
If you would like to donate, the family has a go fund me page, here is the link.