Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 1453, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

Colbert KCs assist single mother with cancer-stricken son

the Inland Register

(From the May 19, 2016 edition of the Inland Register)

Gregory Loberg was honored as an altar server by his parish, St. Joseph in Colbert, last February. (IR photo courtesy of the Knights of Columbus)

Gregory Morrow is the 12-year-old son of Susan Morrow, a single mom and mother of three other children. Susan was widowed five-and-a-half years ago.

The family belongs to St. Joseph Parish in Colbert. Gregory’s grandfather is Greg Loberg, Past Grand Knight of Council 8872, Past Faithful Navigator of Assembly 3111, and currently a Field Agent for the Knights of Columbus.

In March, Gregory was found to have a malignant brain tumor the size of a golf ball attached to his brain stem. He underwent seven hours of surgery at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane to remove the tumor. He is currently completing a seven-week out of town treatment program, five days a week, receiving proton radiation treatment at the University of Washington N.W. in Seattle, and at the same time receiving chemotherapy treatment at the Children’s Hospital which is part of the Cancer Alliance in Seattle. His mother is with him for these treatments and, with his grandmother, transports him back and forth to the two hospitals.

Gregory is expected to come back home to Colbert around May 20. He will then be receiving treatments at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital in Spokane for at least a year for ongoing cancer treatment.

His mother is currently on a 90-day family leave from her job. Gregory has a feeding tube and will need regular chemotherapy treatments, so she will need to be with him for observation and care. His mother may be in a position that would make it difficult to work a full time job. Because of this and other medical bills, coupled with an unknown future, she is in a position where she may have to sell the family home.

The home is not in the best of condition. In order to get maximum value for the sale of the home, the Knights of Council 8872 are preparing for a work party to help make the repairs that are necessary to bring the home up to standards. The tasks will include replacement of some siding, re-securing and staining the deck, staining the fence that encircles the back yard, interior and exterior painting, and replacing carpeting in the home.

The Council is also planning a couple of different types of fund-raisers to help with bills, cost of materials for repair of the home, as well as to help offset the loss of income from Susan’s job until she is able to return to work or secure something that will permit her to work from home while she takes care of Gregory.

At this time the Council is seeking any additional financial help that the Washington State Knights Council and the Supreme Council can provide.

A donation account for the Knights’ effort has been established at Numerica Credit Union, and a Go Fund Me account has also been set up. For information, contact Greg Loberg – (509) 953-1406 – or Dean Loberg – (509) 220-6382.

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