The Lindsay sixth graders, who say they love to bake things, thought a lemonade and cookie stand might be a good way to raise some money to help Stewart.

“If it were us, we’d want somebody to help us,” Megan said.

Stewart, a graduate of Lindsay High school, is a 25 year-old Gainesville woman who has been diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Her problems began on April 26, her son Ian’s second birthday, when Stewart’s husband Trent awakened to find his wife having a seizure.

Stewart’s aunt Mary Reiter said her niece had no previous neurological symptoms.

An MRI revealed a tumor in Casey’s brain. But doctors can’t determine whether or not the tumor is malignant without surgery and a biopsy.

Stewart is a Texas Woman’s University student who plans to become an art teacher.

She does not have health insurance. Trent Stewart’s insurance plan will not cover the cost of his wife’s diagnostic tests or treatments because Casey Stewart’s condition is pre-existing.

Stewart said in a May interview she called every agency she could think of to try to find a way to get affordable medical treatment but so far is ineligible for any type of state assistance.

Reiter said Stewart’s parents Glenn Metzler and Susie and John Sloan contacted several agencies looking for help for their daughter.

She said a state legislator finally called and told them if Stewart were a Dallas county resident she could get the help she needed. But she must first move to Dallas county and establish a three month residence there.

Three months is a long time to wait and Stewart doesn’t really have the time. She needs tests and treatment now, Reiter said.

Stewart had been working at Sonic for several years, but recently had to quit her job due to headaches. She can no longer drive because of the risk of seizures.

Brianne Sandmann and Megan Schumacher heard about Stewart’s plight at their parish and decided to try to raise some money so Stewart could get her treatment.

The girls had a bake sale last year, Brianne Sandmann’s mother Marilyn said. They decided to have another bake sale this year and donate the proceeds to Stewart.

The girls made colorful signs for the neighborhood, baked peanut butter cookies and stirred up some lemonade. They also made pretty beaded rosaries to sell. Other people, including Marilyn Sandmann and Adrianne Sparkman donated pies and banana bread.

The girls set up tables near Marilyn’s Classy Cuts (Marilyn Sandmann is the owner) on 6th Street in Lindsay and started selling their baked goods. Business was excellent from the first day.

“The pies went really fast and somebody bought Adrianne’s banana bread first thing,” Megan said.

The girls plan to continue the bake sale through Friday. They are open from 8 a.m. until about noon, and say they would like to bake more treats and possibly extend their hours.

The girls said they would love to raise between $500 and $1,000 for Stewart’s cause—a sentiment that does not surprise Marilyn Sandmann.

“When Brianne does something, she does it big,” she laughed.

Mary Reiter said she’s thrilled about the girls’ efforts to help Casey.

“When these little girls came up and told me (about the fund raiser) at church it just really touched my heart,” she said. Reiter said her own son, who is in Megan’s and Brianne’s class, made four dozen cookies on his own when he found out about the bake sale.

Reiter said Casey and the rest of her family are so grateful for the help people in the community have provided through fund raisers and donations.

She said it’s also comforting to know kids as well as adults can work unselfishly to help someone in need.

“We want to teach our kids it’s not all about ourselves,” she said.

Stewart is the daughter of Glenn Metzler and Susie and John Sloan. A fund has been set up for Casey Metzler Stewart at First State Bank in Gainesville.

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