When Tarah Huberty found out in September that she had several tumors on her lungs — only two years after being declared cancer free following an earlier diagnosis of stage four adenoid cystic carcinoma — she stayed positive.
“She’s proud of how far she’s come,” said her sister Tasha Strong. “When she first got the diagnosis, it was not a very good outlook. And then when she beat it the first time, it was amazing, and she’s just had such an amazing attitude toward it all.”
Huberty, a Fremont native who now lives in Omaha, has started combating this latest diagnosis with a recent trip to the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. There, she’s working with a team of specialists to determine her treatment plan.
But with Huberty not able to work full time, their family of five living off one income and facing mounting medical bills and another trip to Houston, finances are getting tight.
That’s why her family is hosting a benefit right here in Fremont to help raise money for her cause.
The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Fremont Eagles’ Club at 649 Main St. It will feature a silent auction and a raffle, as well as food, consisting of pulled pork sandwiches, cole slaw, baked beans, hot dogs and cookies. Food can be purchased for a suggested donation of $8 for adults, $5 for kids ages six to 12 and free for kids age 5 and under.
Other than that, the event is free to attend. No RSVP is required.
Strong has already seen a positive response from the Fremont community, where Huberty still has family and friends. Already, community members have made substantial donations: Baby Huey’s Barbecue is smoking and pulling all of the meat for free. Others have donated valuable auction items, including a Creighton basketball signed by Doug McDermott. Somebody donated a 1994 football signed by the whole Huskers team.
“Just the amount of donations for the auction and the raffle items, the amount of donations and the support that we’re getting from the community is just amazing,” Strong said. “We have gotten a ton of donations, I can’t even begin to tell you.”
Huberty was first diagnosed with stage four adenoid cystic carcinoma in 2015 after doctors discovered a mass below her larynx that made it difficult for her to breathe. She received two surgeries, including a laryngectomy, only weeks before her wedding.
She was declared cancer free in January 2016, and since then has thrived, giving birth to twins in March of 2017.
“She’s very grateful for everything that everybody’s doing for her,” Strong said.