Last year, Naperville native, Brienne Rohr, gave birth to her daughter, Irie, and although she wasn’t quite feeling herself, she attributed it to being a new mom.
“A few months after the baby was born, Brienne was experiencing a lot of exhaustion and some digestion issues and her stomach didn’t feel right, and back aches. But a lot of it she kind of associated it with motherhood. All new mothers are tired all the time,” said Mimi Cowan, Brienne’s cousin.
But a trip to Edward Hospital led to a diagnosis of Stage IV pancreatic cancer. After two rounds of aggressive chemotherapy, Brienne decided to pursue other medical options.
“It’s an alternative form of chemotherapy where they infuse you with insulin first and then blast the chemo. So it’s still chemo, and it’s twice a week instead of once every other week, so it’s supposed to be a little less harsh but still fighting the cancer,” said Julie Keleghan, a long time friend of Brienne.
However this alternative treatment isn’t covered by Brienne’s health insurance, which is why her friends and family gathered at Potter’s Place to Roar For The Rohr’s.
In hopes of raising about $130,000, the event featured live music, a silent auction and raffles with 100 percent of proceeds going toward Brienne’s treatment.
“It’s just amazing how this brings everybody together as a community to help support someone who is in need. I mean there are friends, families, coworkers, everybody donating and coming together to help support,” said Keleghan.
In the meantime, Brienne will continue to fight with the help of a strong community by her side.
“My hope is she’s going to beat it. She’s going to kick this cancer’s you-know-what,” added Keleghan.
Naperville News 17’s Rachel Pierson reports.
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