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‘Bids for Buckman’ benefit dinner, auction set for Feb. 16

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 12th, 2013

Donovan and Kelly Buckman

EVANSTON — A special benefit dinner, titled “Bids for Buckman,” is slated for Feb. 16 at the historic Roundhouse. Bids for Buckman was organized to help Donovan Buckman and his wife, Evanston native Kelly Klements Buckman, in their fight to beat cancer. While some would describe their story as “tragic,” others would say it is a love story that trumps Romeo and Juliet.

The couple met through Kelly’s sister and began dating in 2008, around the time Donovan Buckman was diagnosed with a brain tumor they were told was inoperable. But the tumor was removed, and Buckman began radiation treatments, which damaged his blood vessels. Despite the medical challenges, the couple married in 2010, hoping the cancer battle was behind them. Donovan soon after got his dream job as an electrical engineer with Rocky Mountain Power.

But in January 2012, Donovan began to experience unusual behavior changes, like extreme sleepiness. After visiting with physicians, they discovered bleeding in the brain, which had caused a stroke. He was medically induced into a coma to allow his brain to concentrate on healing; after being brought back from the coma, he suffered short-term memory loss.

In November 2012, physicians decided to do a full body scan, which revealed a spot on his lungs — indicative of lung cancer.

Following the diagnosis, the couple plans to move from their current home in Rock Springs to Worland on Feb. 16, to be closer to Buckman’s family through this time

“Even though it has been hard, I said ‘for better or worse,’ and we will not give up fighting,” Kelly told the Herald.

Donovan starts chemotherapy the week of Feb. 18. Proceeds from the dinner will go to help meet their financial needs.

The dinner is set to start at 7 p.m., with a cash bar and activities for the kids, and an auction to follow at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person, or $35 for a family of up to six. Tickets are available at Ludd’s Mudd, Kallas Automotive, The Painted Lady and at the Catholic church by calling (307) 789-7729.

Monetary donations can be made at 1st Bank, under the name “Klements-Buckman Benefit.”

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