Benefit for brain tumor victim Saturday

After chemotherapy and four brain surgeries, the future is uncertain for 20-year-old Mandi McAdoo.

But one thing is for certain: her family and friends will continue to support her.

Friends are planning a benefit dinner for her Saturday night at the Community Hall in Chelsea.

The barbecue pork and hamburger dinner for $10 will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., followed by an auction and a dance to a live band – Limited Edition.

McAdoo is the daughter of Mark and Melissa McAdoo of rural Toledo and a 2011 South Tama High School graduate.

Unfortunately, health concerns have been prevalent in her life as she was born with Spina Bifida.

“She’s been dealing with problems for a majority of her life,” said Kim McAdoo, Mark’s sister-in-law who is one of the organizers of the benefit event.

Kim said throughout all the hardships, Mandi has continued to keep her smile and positive outlook.

“She’s just a wonderful person,” Kim said. “You would never know that she has all of this going on.”

Mandi’s attitude has been an inspiration to her family.

“Her courage and strength have been a gift from God, as she has been her entire life,” said Mandi’s mother Melissa.

Melissa is also grateful for the support of the community for her daughter.

“I can’t even begin to tell you how we feel with all this support,” Melissa said. “It is amazing, overwhelming and simply indescribable.”

Money raised will help with medical expenses and to help Mandi enjoy her life in an effort titled “Miracles for Mandi.”