Singing in the Rain

A little rain was not going to keep family and friends from celebrating the last chemotherapy treatment for Barbara Day. They gathered outside the Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital Cancer Center to sing and cheer as she exited the building on Tuesday, May 21, 2020.

Day was surprised as the crowd began singing the Christian doxology, an expression of praise to God, as she emerged from the Cancer Center. The surprise celebration was organized by daughter Angie Day.

In an obviously emotional interview, [Angie] Day said, “We invited anybody that had been praying for her and that could be here today to come and support her and they showed up and sang to her and just – it was an awesome day.”

[Barbara] Day has been undergoing treatment for cancer that was discovered in her hip in December.  She said “I went to an orthopedic specialist and an X-ray showed a broken left hip. Because there was no injury or fall I was referred on for a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) on December 27, 2019.”

On January 2 of this year, Day was told she had cancer in the bone and was referred to a surgeon. The next day, she was admitted to Via Christi Hospital in Wichita, and a biopsy was performed the following day with a surgery to place rods in leg from knee to hip and repair of the femur bone on January 6, 2020. 

“My biopsy was sent to Mayo Clinic at Dr. Reddy’s request,” said Day. “This type [of cancer] in the bone, had not been seen before.”  

Her first appointment with Dr Reddy, was January 28th and she was given the official diagnosis of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in one location in the bone and was determined to be at Stage 4 since it was contained in the bone. 

Day’s treatment plan was to include chemotherapy treatments every 21 days and culminated on Thursday, May 21, 2020. 

“On April 7th, after my second pet scan I was in remission.” Day said. 

“This is my last day of chemo and I’m really thankful and I appreciate everyone that has prayed for me and this is such an amazing blessing, a surprise, said Day. 

“I should have known Angie was up to something but I didn’t quite figure out what it was until I walked out and saw this crowd of people and I thought ‘Who are these people?’ Oh, there for me!”  Day said laughing through happy tears. 

“Once again, I’m just blessed and very thankful.”

City of El Dorado 2020 Budget Approved

El Dorado Boy Scout Troop #222 made a visit to the City Commission meeting to lead the Pledge of Allegiance.

The City of El Dorado Budget for 2020 was approved Monday night. City Manager David Dillner explained to the Commission that the Total Budget Authority for the year is expected to be $32.9 million.

Jordan Buxton, El Dorado Chamber of Commerce Director, along with Sue Hoefgen of Augusta Chamber of Commerce, shared information on the Butler County Act Program.

The goal of the Butler County Act Program is to create an ACT ready community. ACT Work Ready Communities Program (WRC) empowers states, regions and counties with data, processes and tools that drive economic growth.

Commissioner Wilkinson stated, “As a former educator I appreciate it is not just the schools involved but the chamber as well.” Mayor Haines added that he appreciates the bridge between the workforce and schools.

A date of September 12th is scheduled to launch the program. To learn more contact Jordan Buxton at the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce or Sara Hoefgen at the Augusta Chamber of Commerce.

Also appearing before the Commission was the HollyFrontier Western Celebration chairman, Tabitha Sharp. She was joined by the newly crowned Miss Frontier 2019, Naomi Galindo. They shared information about the upcoming festival and invited the Commissioners to attend this year’s event.

The festival begins Friday, August 9 with Mutton Bustin’, the Extreme Bull Blowout, and a concert by Kyle Park.

Saturday includes a parade through downtown, the Kids Korral at East Park in partnership with the Butler County History Center and Kansas Oil Museum. A Junior Ranch Rodeo will be held at 1p on Saturday followed by the Butler County Ranch Rodeo and a concert with Jason Callahan.

The weekend rounds out with Cowboy Church on Sunday. Tickets are $10, can be purchased at the gate, and provide admission to the festival all weekend. The City of El Dorado is a sponsor of the HollyFrontier Western Celebration. The HollyFrontier Western Celebration is a committee of El Dorado Main Street.