Benefit Saturday for Rome woman

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A benefit has been planned for a Rome woman who spent eight months in the hospital and a Schenectady rehabilitation center, and continues to recover from COVID-19, to be held from 1-5 p.m. Saturday at Rome Polish Home, 415 S. George St.

Kelly Dechene-Lubeck finally made it back home on Aug. 10 after initially being diagnosed with COVID-19 at the Rome Hospital Emergency Room on Jan. 13. Her condition put her in a coma, and she doesn’t remember anything until waking up at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse on Feb. 4, where she had been transferred for treatment.

On March 9, Lubeck was taken to Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital in Schenectady, where she received therapy until being discharged on Aug. 10. Lubeck had been diagnosed as a “long-hauler” and still has on-going therapy and medical needs due to being partially paralyzed. Lubeck said she almost lost her life three times during her hospital stay.

Saturday’s benefit will feature food, a DJ, 50/50 raffles, a cornhole tournament and a cash bar.

Cost is $10 with children age 12 and under admitted free. For tickets in advance, send cash via Venmo (@kelly-lubeck-fund). Tickets will also be available at the door.

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