Tanya Bohrer, right, accompanies her niece, Cassie Owens, at the first Relay for Life in Craig in July 2007. Bohrer also spent nights in the hospital with Owens, who died of cancer in September 2007. Bohrer now is battling metastasized melanoma of the liver.

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Tanya Bohrer, right, accompanies her niece, Cassie Owens, at the first Relay for Life in Craig in July 2007. Bohrer also spent nights in the hospital with Owens, who died of cancer in September 2007. Bohrer now is battling metastasized melanoma of the liver.

One more fight

Tanya Bohrer prepares to face third bout with cancer

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What: Benefit dinner and auction for Tanya Bohrer

When: 6 p.m. May 15

Where: Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion,

Cost: Dinner is free; donations will be accepted

Call: 824-7036 and ask for Paula Duzik.

Donations sought for benefit auction

Organizers of the upcoming benefit dinner and auction for Tanya Bohrer are seeking auction donations. Proceeds from the event will help pay medical expenses for Bohrer, who has recently been diagnosed with melanoma of the liver. Event organizers are seeking donations including ski passes, tickets to sporting events and guided hunts. Donated items may be dropped off at Black Mountain Glass, 75 E. Fourth Street. To make a donation or for more information, call one of the contacts below:

• DeLaine Brown: 824-3881 or 629-8936

• Paula Duzik: 824-7036 or 824-4839

Tanya Bohrer is preparing to battle an old enemy.

Last month, Bohrer was diagnosed with melanoma of the liver. Bohrer was first diagnosed with the cancer in 1998, she said. A bout with thyroid cancer followed in 2007.

Cancer has hit home for Bohrer in another way.

"Cassie was my niece," Bohrer said, referring to the late Cassie Owens, a young Craig woman who battled cancer for almost a year. "I stayed with her at night in the hospital and with her at her house."

Owens, who died in September 2007, was more than a relative.

"She was my best friend," Bohrer said.

Cyndee Owens, Bohrer's sister and Cassie's mother, can attest to that.

"They had a lot in common," she said, adding that Bohrer and Cassie were 14 years apart in age.

"They both were - they both are creative people," Owens said.

Bohrer accompanied Cassie to the Mayo Clinic, Owens said, a nonprofit hospital and medical school.

"It's hard to believe that we're going through this again so quickly," she said. "But we've got a good support system, and we've got a lot of hope."

That support system includes a large family and the Moffat County School District, Owens said. Bohrer is a secretary at Moffat County High School and Owens works as a paraprofessional at Ridgeview Elementary School.

Bohrer added community support to that list.

"That's really helpful," she said.

Further tests will show what treatment Bohrer might need in the future. She doesn't know what that treatment might entail, Bohrer said, but doctors have indicated it could include radiation, chemotherapy or both.

Total medical expenses: "A lot," Bohrer said, adding that she couldn't estimate yet how much treatment could cost.

Paula Duzik, Moffat County High School counselor, hopes to help lighten the weight of Bohrer's medical expenses.

Duzik and DeLaine Brown, high school registrar, are organizing a benefit dinner and auction for Bohrer. The event is scheduled to take place at 6 p.m. May 15 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion.

They hope to raise at least $32,000 at the event, Duzik said, adding that a benefit for Cassie raised about the same amount.

"We want her to worry about getting better and not her money," she said, adding that Bohrer is a single mother of three children.

They have some distance to go before reaching that goal.

"We're working on it, but we haven't gotten any huge things," Duzik said, adding that she's hoping area businesses will donate sporting event tickets, guided hunts, ski passes and other items and services.

"We just know that people in Craig do so much," she said. "We just need them to do it again."

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