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Brad and Renee Kleiboeker

A benefit dinner will be held for Brad and Renee Kleiboeker on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at the Grace United Methodist Church from 4:30-6:30 p.m.  There is no specific cost for the dinner, but all donations will go to the Kleiboeker family to cover expenses for Renee’s medical treatments. The menu for the benefit includes ziti pasta with a meat sauce, salad, Italian bread, dessert and drinks.

Renee Kleiboeker suffers from Masters’ Disease, a tick-borne illness. Renee’s current treatments and medicines are currently not covered by medical insurance because research is still being done on the causes and treatment for Masters’ Disease.

Masters’ Disease is also called STARI (Southern tick-associated rash illness).  It is an infectious disease, first described in the early 1990’s by Dr. Edwin Masters of Cape Girardeau, MO.  It is thought to be transmitted to humans by the Lone Star tick rather than the tick that causes Lyme disease. Many of the symptoms mimic that of Lyme disease, such as fatigue, headaches, possible fever, muscle aches, stiff neck and joint pains. Late stage or chronic Lyme disease symptoms can mimic other diseases, which may also be true in the case of Masters’ Disease.  Renee’s illness went undiagnosed for many years.