3/12/2018 11:21:00 AM Hundreds attend McGill benefit
Courtney McGill, flanked by her dad, Neil, and her mom, Karman, appreciates the love she has received in her battle against liver cancer. “The support from my family, friends and community has helped me to stay positive to fight this fight,” she said.
Courtney McGill, a 21-year-old student at Rochester Community and Technical College and a 2014 graduate of Stewartville High School who is battling Stage 4 liver cancer, takes a swing at a car during the “Crush Cancer Car Smash” at a benefit for Courtney at the Rochester Eagles Club on Saturday, March 3.
Leon and Jennifer Lipkie were two of many hundreds of people who gathered at the Rochester Eagles Club for Courtney McGill on Saturday, March 3. The Lipkies, of Stewartville, were on hand to support McGill, a 21-year-old student at Rochester Community and Technical College and a 2014 graduate of Stewartville High School who is battling Stage 4 liver cancer. Leon Lipkie was amazed at the turnout for the benefit, which included a live auction, silent auction, stretch auction, bake sale, a "Crush Cancer Car Smash" sponsored by Tri-State Towing and Recovery, and much more. "It blew me right out of the water," Leon said. "I never expected anything like that. People were parking near Cub Foods and along the side streets to come to the Eagles Club." The people who attended were drawn together by a strong sense of camaraderie, said Leon, who described himself and his wife as shirttail relatives of the McGills. "So many of the people who were there stayed around so long because it was such a good social gathering," he said. "Everything clicked." Kari McGill, Courtney's cousin, thanked all the kind and generous people who showed up to share their love and support... For more on this story pick up your copy of the March 13 Stewartville STAR.