Cindy's was able to raise $9,000 for an employee's daughter after her breast cancer diagnosis.

Cindy's Café recently wrote a check for $9,000 to the family of Annie Weishan, who was diagnosed with breast cancer last year.

"It was more than we ever dreamed, way more than we ever expected," Weishan's mother Terri Hunnicutt said.

PIONEER PHOTO: KRISTEN WOHLERS - Cindy Dishner (left), of Cindy's Cafe, recently held a fundraiser for Annie Weishan, the daughter of Terri Hunnicutt (right).

Hunnicutt is a longtime employee and friend of café owner Cindy Dishner. Weishan's diagnosis follows the tragic death of her father, Hunnicutt's husband, the same year. Dishner considers Hunnicutt as family, and decided to hold a benefit breakfast to help with her daughter's treatment costs.

Weishan has completed multiple rounds of chemotherapy and is scheduled for surgery in February, after which she will undergo radiation therapy. Through all of it, Weishan is doing well.

"She's amazing," Hunnicutt said. "She's doing real good."

On the day of the November fundraiser, supporters were lined up out the door before opening and the crowd held steady throughout the day. When the café began to run out of product, Weishan's father-in-law came to the rescue, showing up with gallons of milk, hams and more to help out.

"It was just heartwarming," said Dishner's daughter Sarah Dishner.

The final dollar amount comes from the breakfast as well as a donation jar and raffle tickets for a quilt made by Weishan's grandmother.

"I'm hoping for an easier 2018," Hunnicutt said, "but this community has blessed us in ways that we never dreamed we would need and never dreamed we would get."

Kristen Wohlers
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