Preston community rallies around woman facing multiple forms of cancer

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PRESTON, Minn. (KTTC) – Glenda Scrabeck is using a game she to keep her spirits up and embrace every moment she has left.

“I love to bowl,” said Glenda Scrabeck, of Burr Oaks, Iowa. “It’s a ‘family thing.”

Scrabeck and her uncle competed in bowling tournaments for years. But, during a visit to the doctor’s received a life-altering diagnosis.

“In 2009, I was living in California, and I developed breast cancer, at that time it was stage three,” she said. A year later, her mother was diagnosed with cancer, leading Scrabeck back home to Preston. Since then, she was diagnosed with three other forms of cancers.

“The first time they told me I’ve seen the look on the radiologist’s face and I already knew, it was not good,” she said. Cancer metastasized to her thyroid, hip, spine, shoulder, and ribs.

“There’s like a throbbing aching pain in both hips, I don’t do physical activity because my bones can break easily.”

Now, doctors are saying she might have developed colon cancer as well.

“I’m going to continue to fight. I thought I had all the time in the world but I don’t, so I’m going to make the most out of it while I’m here.”

The treatments are becoming costly but the community is stepping up to help.
They’re hosting a basketball tournament at the Harmony Community Center Saturday, April, 27 from 9 a.m – 3 p.m. Then a pool tournament at B & B Bowl from 4-6 p.m. followed by a bowling tournament from 7-9 p.m. to help pay for medical bills.

The family has also set up a GoFundMe account.

Linda Ha

Linda Ha

Reporter | @LindaHaTV | lha@kttc.com

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