Last September, when a sudden seizure occurred, Zoie Feuerbach rushed her husband, Matt, to Allen Memorial Hospital. An MRI test revealed a spot on Matt’s brain and he was immediately referred to Iowa City for further testing. Doctors soon learned what triggered the seizure, determining the spot was a tumor that would require surgery. On October 23, 2019, a tumor the size of a hockey puck was removed from Matt’s brain. One week later, at a meeting with their Iowa City doctors, the young couple got the news that their uncertain future would involve additional medical challenges. The diagnosis was a Grade III anaplastic oligodendroglioma- a malignant (cancerous), slow-growing tumor.
While the cause of oligodendrogliomas is not known, treatment usually involves surgery, if possible, followed by radiation, chemotherapy or clinical trials. In Matt’s case, seven weeks of radiation treatments and three forms chemotherapy to follow, were ordered.
With a challenging road ahead for this young La Porte City family, which includes baby daughter, Kaisley, local residents are planning a special benefit to raise funds in support of Matt’s medical treatments.
On Saturday, February 15, a “Fighting 4 Feuerbach” benefit will be held at the UAW Hall (2615 Washington Street, Waterloo) from 4-11 PM. In addition to a meal, where a free-will donation will be accepted, the event will include live and silent auctions, raffle ticket sales for a variety of prize packages, in addition to bracelet and t-shirt sales.
Auction item donations are still being accepted at this time. To make a live or silent auction donation, please contact Danielle Meyer at 319-240-8401. A fund has also been established at Cedar Valley Bank in La Porte City where donations made in Matt Feuerbach’s name can be made.
Matt, a 2009 graduate of Union High School, is the son of Mark and Carolyn Feuerbach of Dysart. Zoie, who also graduated from Union High School (2011), is the daughter of Gary and Loraina Krop of La Porte City.