Benefit Concert and Dinner for Loveland Woman Battling Rare Form of Cancer
A Loveland woman is battling a rare form of cancer. Her friends and family have planned a benefit concert and dinner to raise money to send Tara and her family on an trip that does not involve doctors, treatments or hospitals. Clint Clymer & Friends Tara Eyer Benefit Concert and Dinner is Saturday, January 30 from 5-10 pm at Ellis Ranch in Loveland. There will be great music with surprise celebrity guests, great food, and a silent and live auction.
Tickets are $25. Purchase tickets by January 25 by calling 443-0973.
Tara Eyer is a wife, a mother of two daughters, a Colorado native, and currently resides in Loveland. Tara has a rare, autosomal dominate cancer disease called von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) which causes tumors to form in the brain, spinal cord, inner ear, eyes, and abdominal organs such as the kidneys, pancreas, and adrenal glands. Her first diagnosis occurred when she was 24 years old after a brain tumor was discovered only three weeks before her wedding. VHL is a genetic disease and both of Tara’s daughters have been diagnosed with VHL and already are showing tumor activity. In spite of these difficulties, Tara is determined to live well with her disease and teach her daughters that although VHL is a major part of their lives, it does not define them and they can have a full and happy life despite the challenges they face. Because of the rarity of VHL, it is a challenge to find physicians and surgeons familiar with this disease. Tara travels to the National Cancer Institute and National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland for many of her surgeries and treatments.