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BLACKFOOT â€” A benefit dinner for Jerry Windous is scheduled at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Emanuel Lutheran Church, 1110 Parkway Dr., in Blackfoot, near Walmart.
Windous is suffering from cancer. He and his wife, Brenda, have no medical health insurance.
A lasagna dinner with salad, bread and dessert is being served. The suggested donation is $5 per person or $20 per family.
A silent auction is also scheduled.
"Bring an item and/or bid on one; all donations are welcome," said chair Bobette Brown. Kathy Tauscher is the other chair.
Windous' cancer was diagnosed in mid-July. In nine weeks, chemo has cost $20,000.
He only has one kidney and the chemo has caused dialysis issues.
Until the dialysis issues are stable, chemo has been put on the back burner, Brenda Windous said.
Windous has been self-employed and does small engine repairs.
"He has probably repaired half the lawn mowers, four-wheelers and snowmobiles and snow-blowers in Blackfoot," Brenda Windous said.
"He's my "Mr. Fix-it," she said. "He has saved us lots of money through the years."
Jerry Windous is a member of Emanuel Lutheran Church and has been active in Job's Daughters, Masons and Eastern Star.
Asked how she was, Brenda Windous said, "I'm trying to do the best I can. I work as much as I can to be above water."
"We thank the community for its help and support," she said. "We have an awesome support system."
The Windous family moved to Blackfoot from Wildhorse, Nev., in 1999 "because we liked the area," she said.
They have two grown daughters and five grandchildren.