Benefit raises $1,000 toward procedure

The Stepping Out For Stephanie benefit raised $1,000 toward Stephanie Anschutz’s journey of “getting her life back.”
Anschutz of Yukon suffers from Multiple Sclerosis (MS), an immune disease in which the body attacks itself. She was diagnosed 23 years ago.
She will be traveling to Puebla Mexico to have the hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) done on June 19.
The procedure involves harvesting the patient’s own stem cells and re-introducing them after their immune system has been “wiped out” with chemotherapy, according to Anschutz’s GoFundMe page.
“The idea is to reboot the immune system to a new one that doesn’t attack itself,” the page reads.
The procedure costs $58,500 for a 28-day-stay in a two bedroom apartment for the patient and their caregiver. Anschutz is trying to raise $70,000 to cover the cost of the treatment, travel and other expenses.
The benefit hosted Sunday at Big Dick’s Roadhouse, 501 N. Mustang Rd., included live music, food, drinks, a raffle and appearances from Hooter Girls and more.
Reese Wilson, Anschutz’s brother-in-law and a musician from Yukon, was in charge of bringing in the talent for the night. He also emceed the benefit.
“Talent came from all over the United States. Songwriters, singers, bands that’ll blow your brains out,” Wilson said during the benefit.
The talent included The Teeter Twins, Mike Soutiere, Reese Wilson, Alan Davis, Tony Gourley, John Brooks, Bad Influence, Uncle Zep, Steve Zachar, Ashley Shepherd, Anthony Davis, Steve Brack, Michael Summers, Scott Hunt and Trent Montgomery.
Anschutz said Monday that the beginning of the all-day benefit went really well, but later on in the day things, such as auction items and more, seemed to fall through.
She also had to go home early because she just felt exhausted.
Although Anschutz was hoping for the benefit to be more successful and to raise more money, she wanted to thank the performers, Big Dick’s Roadhouse owners and managers and everyone who came out or donated.
She said she’s hoping her next two benefits are more successful.
The two other benefits hosted for Anschutz include one on her birthday, March 11, at Greens Country Club, 13100 Green Valley Dr. hosted by Signs of Summer. It will include a raffle for a TV and a cash bar. It’s $40 per person, and Anschutz will get to collect $10 per person then keep whatever the raffle brings. The other is a community garage sale on March 30, 31 and April 1 in her barn in Choctaw. All of the profits from the garage sale will be donated to Anschutz’s procedure.
To donate directly to Anschutz, visit her GoFundMe page or her HelpHOPELive page. The pages also tell more about Anschutz’s story.
Any money donated to HelpHOPELive will be wired directly to Mexico.

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