Thursday, March 29, 2012


A benefit concert for Cathy (Tipton) Eckstein will be held at 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:15 p.m.) on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at the Castine Church of the Brethren located at 624 St. Rt. 127, Arcanum, just north of Castine. The talented Tommy Renfro, Lifestage Recording Artist and Darke County native, will perform contemporary Christian music as heard on JOY-FM 88.9 and WGTR-FM 97.5 radio. See to learn more about Tommy’s music.

A total of 750 tickets are available for this event. Ticket price is $10 (cash only). Presale tickets may be purchased through Wednesday, April 11th at the following establishments: GREENVILLE-Brenda’s Beanery, Kitchen Aid, The Coffee Pot, Curves, KT Plum, YMCA, Third Street Market; VERSAILLES-Ace Hardware, YMCA; NEW MADISON-Weimer Electronics; and ARCANUM-Suttons SuperValu. Tickets will also be sold at the door the evening of the concert.

Cathy’s benefit concert will include a bake sale of yummy homemade items and a door prize drawing during intermission. The numerous, exciting door prizes include both gift items and gift certificates donated by local businesses and individuals.

Cathy, a graduate of Tri Village, is the daughter of Bill and Carol Tipton. She lives in Greenville with her husband Dennis, the son of Clem and Eileen Eckstein. Cathy and Dennis are the parents of three children, Erica (25) and Peter Jones, Brandon (20), and Caitlyn (17). Cathy has one sister, Beth and Lonnie Beisner; nephews, Derek and Will and niece, Ella. Cathy works as a Mary Kay consultant, which allows her to stay home and work at healing her body.

Cathy dealt with health issues for eight years prior to being diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2009. Subsequent to her diagnosis, Cathy endured a radical hysterectomy including the removal of lymph nodes followed by six months of chemotherapy and three months of radiation. After nine months of remission, the cancer returned and Cathy began another session of chemotherapy. After receiving four additional treatments, Cathy suffered an allergic reaction. At the same time, her cancer was not responding to the treatment and a CT scan revealed cancer growth in lymph nodes in both her chest and pelvic area. In February, a second opinion was sought at the Cancer Treatment Center of America (CTCA) in Zion, Illinois. At her first visit, Cathy began receiving treatments at CTCA. Currently, Cathy travels to CTCA in Illinois every three weeks to receive treatment. Treatment includes the use of natural supplements, mind and body therapy, massage, acupuncture and diet management to aid the Avastin (chemotherapy) treatment received.

If you would like to donate or help in any way, contact Becky Hunt at 548-0915 for any questions or information regarding the benefit.

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