An Otsego mother who has seven children was recently diagnosed with cancer, just as she and her husband were celebrating the family’s eighth pregnancy.
Unfortunately, Monica Mize lost her child last month, and is still fighting a terrible illness in breast cancer that has metastasized to her bones, causing hypercalcemia, a condition where too much calcium is pushed into the blood, causing belly pain, bone pain, nausea and severe fatigue.
Family and friends have organized a benefit for Monica, set for 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17 at the St. Albert Parish Center in Albertville. The evening will include a spaghetti dinner, live entertainment, silent auction, and face painting and coloring table for the kids.
Doctors assisted Monica and her family with a holistic approach to treatment, hoping to save the baby’s life. However, the baby was lost on Dec. 8, which is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception in the Catholic faith.