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Fundraiser to be held for Darin Neben’s medical costs PDF Print E-mail

By Carolyn Lee

The Imperial Republican

Although Kristina and Tyler Neben haven’t lived in Culbertson all that long, the town is rallying around them as son Darin, 7, undergoes cancer treatments.

Darin is the grandson of Deb and Jim Hayes of Imperial. Deb said, “It’s amazing how the community has supported them.”

Darin has been diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma cancer and is undergoing surgery and treatment at Children’s Hospital in Omaha.

Deb said, “He’s had five chemo treatments and is handling it fairly well.”

The second grader developed a fever over the weekend, which Deb said most likely the tumor caused, so that he couldn’t be released from the hospital as planned.

Darin and his mother will be staying with his uncle, Tim Wilson of Syracuse for 20 days until his next chemo treatment. Wilson is Deb’s son.

Deb said she and Jim plan to try to visit every other weekend, and will also help take care of the Neben’s three other sons in Culbertson.

A fundraiser carnival has been planned by friends for Feb. 16 from 3-8 p.m. CT in the Community Building on the Hitchcock County fairgrounds in Culbertson.

Funds from the carnival, a bake sale, soup supper and silent auction will go toward Darin’s medical costs. In addition, “Team Darin” bracelets will be sold for $3 each.

The fraternal benefit society Modern Woodmen of America will match up to $2,500 in donations, while the local Modern Woodmen chapter will gift $2,500 to Darin and his family.

Donations to the Neben family can be made at any branch of Great Western Bank.

Cards can be mailed to Darin at Children’s Hospital, Room 618, 8200 Dodge, Omaha, NE 68114 or sent to


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