Friends rally around seriously ill Bayport woman
They call themselves “Team Raelynn.”
They are a group of friends and family united to support a hard-working, family-oriented, determined 49-year-old Bayport woman who usually doesn’t ask for help.
The team is rallying around Raelynn Fischer, who’s facing significant medical issues and fighting for her life. The group hopes to help Fischer offset her medical costs with an April 6 benefit.
After Fischer collapsed at her home earlier this year, the mother of two and step-mother of two was taken to the hospital by husband, Travis Fischer. There doctors discovered a palm-sized benign tumor almost blocking a whole chamber of her heart. This resulted in less oxygen being brought to her lungs. Further tests discovered Raelynn Fischer had a squamous cell carcinoma in her lung that metastasized to her bones.
Raelynn Fischer started chemotherapy recently after taking a month to heal from surgery to remove the tumor near her heart. Her doctors are cautiously optimistic about Fischer’s prognosis.
Despite the intense experience of the past few months, Fischer family friend Catherine Aysta said Raelynn Fischer continues to fight.
“She told us right away, ‘I’m gonna fight this, I’m not gonna leave you guys’,” Aysta said.
Team Raelynn hopes that besides raising funds to offset her medical costs, the benefit gives Raelynn encouragement that motivates her to continue her fight. Aysta said Fischer has five grandchildren she wants to be around for as long as possible.
“A lot of people are saying they’ll pray for her and it’s been an encouragement for them to have all this support,” Aysta said. “One of the times she’s gotten out of the house was to go to Walmart. She had someone stop her in the store and ask if she was the lady on the flyers she’s been seeing. When Raelynn said yes, she asked if she could pray for her and she did, right there in the store. The community support has been amazing.”
Aysta said it will be a fun event with a DJ, an Italian dinner and lots of prizes for those who attend. A craft table will be available for children to make cards or other projects and silent auction items will also be available to bid on at the event.
Auction items include items from the Saint Paul Saints, local businesses and some golf packages. Bidding on the items ends at 5:30 p.m. and proceeds from the auction will go towards the Fischer’s medical bills.
Aysta adds that there is no set ticket price for the event. The group simply asks those attending give a free-will offering.
“If we all do a small part we can help them do something big like beat cancer,” she said. “If everyone can do one small part to help them with this it would be great. Life is precious and if everyone pitches in, together we can make things happen.”
The benefit is 2-6 p.m. at the Hesley Jensen American Legion No. 491 in Bayport.
Call Roger and Linda Fischer at 320-629-2247 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information. Those who can’t attend the benefit but want to help can make donations to the “Benefit Account for Raelynn Fischer” at TCF bank branch offices in all Cub Foods stores.
Tom and Raelynn Fischer in happier times. Raelynn is undergoing cancer treatment after tests found a benign tumor near Raelynn’s heart and a squamous cell carcinoma in her lung that metastisized to her bones. (Submitted photo)