After heart surgery and cancer treatments, a Watertown librarian’s medical bills are piling up. But the community is showing its support.
"You know, there isn't too much more they can do," Linda Bauman said.
After recovering from open heart surgery a few years ago, long-time library and bookmobile employee Linda Bauman went back to the doctor with more symptoms.
"I thought maybe it was something to do with the open heart. I never dreamed that it was ever going to be cancer, much less stage four," Bauman said.
But that reality is as true as the books sitting in the nonfiction section of her library. When you combine her time with the bookmobile and the library, you have more than 30 years reading books to kids. And they haven't forgotten.
Kids from a local day care spent Monday delivering cookies to people who made a donation to help Bauman.
"Because she's sick," a number of the kids said.
The kids say Bauman is allergic to cancer and they’re close enough. An allergy to the cancer treatments has left her relying on experimental treatment in Sioux Falls once every three weeks.
Setbacks like that have been disheartening for the librarian. But she's hopeful for as many days as possible reading to her grandkids and others in the community as they work to make her days left as special as possible.
The community is having a benefit for Bauman Saturday at the American Legion in Watertown.