Website collects donations for woman fired by auditor; husband battling cancer
BY AMY LAVALLEY Post-Tribune correspondent February 11, 2014 1:00PM
The website to assist Bev and John Beschinski is http://fundly.com/padnweuv.
Updated: March 13, 2014 6:34AM
VALPARAISO — Bev Beschinski worked for Porter County government for almost 26 years, most of that time in the auditor’s office — until Feb. 3, when she and a handful of other employees lost their jobs in an office restructuring.
Three days later, John, her husband of 43 years, underwent radiation for cancer that started in his lungs and moved to his brain and pancreas.
Now, a family friend has established a funding website to help offset the Morgan Township couple’s expenses. Started Feb. 5 with a goal of $1,500, it has already raised more than $3,200 from almost 40 supporters.
The donations have overwhelmed Beschinski, who said the website was originally established for the couple’s utility expenses. She wanted it taken down when she first heard about it — “We give, we don’t take,” she said — but agreed to have it left up.
“It’s just amazing to us. We must have made an impact on somebody,” said Beschinski, who has two adult daughters, one of whom lives in Valparaiso. “It just blows our mind. It does. We will pay it back.”
Beschinski came home sobbing the day she lost her job, wondering what she had done wrong. The job loss for her and her former coworkers “is just so said.”
“It was a hard day, a hard week, but we’ve got friends, we’ve got family, and we’ve got prayers,” she said.
John, who worked for a candy and tobacco wholesaler for many years before getting a job at the NAPA Auto Parts store in Valparaiso, was diagnosed with lung cancer right before Christmas 2012.
He went through a round of chemotherapy and radiation and had a portion of his left lung removed in July 2013. Doctors discovered internal bleeding in early January, and determined the cancer had spread to his brain and pancreas.
Beschinski remains upbeat through all she and her husband have been through in recent weeks.
“I don’t think we have it any worse than anybody else. It’s just different,” she said. “I don’t want it to be a pity party. I want it to be prayers.”