MORRISONVILLE — Deanna Geppner’s life revolves around her family. But now, she also has a battle to fight.
The Morrisonville woman has been diagnosed with myelodysplasia, a form of cancer, and she needs a bone-marrow transplant.
“I just went down with her to Rochester for the initial consultation,” said her daughter-in-law, Theresa Geppner.
“She’s in a lot of pain.”
However, she said, Deanna is “very tough” and maintains a positive attitude.
“She’s a loving, caring wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother and friend,” Theresa continued. “She’s a family person.
“Her world is her grandkids and her children.”
Deanna is especially devoted to her grandchildren: Brittany, 5; Sierra, 4; Dylan, 2; and Leland, whose birth is eagerly awaited.
She loves the tradition of Sunday family dinners.
“We haven’t been doing them like we used to, though,” said Theresa, because Deanna is so tired now from chemotherapy.
Deanna’s other interests, her daughter-in-law said, include the antique tractor club, crossword puzzles and camping.
She also loves the company of her dachshund, Tiny.
“He’s always with us, even when we’re camping — he loves it. He’s a people person, too.”
After that first trip to Rochester, Theresa said, family and friends decided to hold a benefit for Deanna.
That event is set for 2 p.m. Sunday at American Legion Post 1619 on Rand Hill Road in Morrisonville.
It includes an $8 spaghetti dinner, with takeouts available. There will also be door prizes, a 50/50 drawing and a mini raffle.
Many local businesses have made donations for the benefit, including Aubuchon Hardware, Price Chopper, Rulfs Orchards, Ernie’s Flea Markets, Peru Pharmacy and the Homestead Restaurant.
Deanna will be returning to the Rochester hospital soon after the benefit, the proceeds of which will help her with travel expenses, Theresa said.
“We knew we had to do something.”