MASON CITY – Mason City resident and native Lori (Casey) Bartz is facing large out-of-pocket medical expenses after being diagnosed with Chronic Lyme Disease in April. Her treatments, tests, medications, and supplements are not covered by her health insurance, and her diagnosis requires her to travel to Viroqua, Wisconsin, to receive treatment.
A fundraising benefit will be held Saturday, September 7, from 4 – 8pm, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 419 N. Delaware, Mason City. The evening will include live music provided by Adam Gabel and Bill Grant, a silent auction, a bake sale, T-Shirt sales, and more. A meal will also be served to include walking tacos and all the fixings for a free will donation. All funds raised at the benefit will go directly to Bartz to help defray the cost of treatment and travel. Additional funding is also provided by the Cerro Gordo County Chapter of Thrivent Financial.
Bartz’ case of Lyme Disease went undiagnosed and misdiagnosed for over 20 years. Because of the numerous affects all systems of her body, she is unable to work full time, and lives with daily pain and fatigue. With the physical demands of daily living and mounting stress, Bartz realized she needed to reach out to others. “Financially I am only able to get by paying my bills and feeding myself and son right now, and that in and of itself is barely do-able. When adding in the medical bills and circumstances, this situation becomes impossible.”
In addition to proceeds from the benefit, donations can also be made to the Lori Casey Bartz Benefit Fund at First Citizens National Bank, 2601 4th Street SW, Mason City.
There is also a FAcebook page dedicated to the benefit, here: https://www.facebook.com/events/696705127013172/