Benefit for Tesha's Uncle Buzz set for Aug. 16

I'm helping organize a benefit for my Uncle Buzz Bonnette, who has terminal kidney cancer. Four of our amazing Team Yarn items will be included in the silent auction, plus a Princess Ilsa hat I'm working to finish! THANK YOU!!

I also hope that you all come out and bowl with us!

Friends and family are planning a Bowling Benefit for Aug. 16, 2014 from noon to 4 p.m. at Elsie’s Bowling Alley in Northeast Minneapolis. Bowling is $10 and includes shoes. There will be games, prizes, silent auction, bake sale, kids activities and more!

To make a donation to the silent auction, contact Kelly at 612-644-8746. To pre-register, email or call 651-248-8972. Or, register at door. To learn more, browse

On the heels of his wife’s fight with a brain tumor, Buzz Bonnette, 62, of Blaine was diagnosed with terminal kidney cancer. He hasn’t been able to work since January 2014.

His illness has been difficult for his family, and it took awhile to get answers. 

To begin with, he was diagnosed with depression by his family physician. But the medication didn’t help, and after several months his family decided to get an second opinion in April 2014. Within a couple of hours an x-ray revealed a lump in left lung. Buzz was immediately scheduled for a MRI scan the following day which confirmed our worse nightmare.


Buzz was diagnosed with Stage IV sarcamatoid renal cell carcinoma, a rare and aggressive form of kidney cancer that has metastasized to his left lung. In June, another scan showed it had spread to his brain.

Bills are starting to pile up, and Buzz needs many comfort items to get him through these days.

“My parents are incredibly generous people,” said Sarah Mack, also of Blaine. “They would give the shirts off their back to help someone out. They’ve never asked for anything from anyone. But now they need help.”


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