Hibbing couple gives back with free wedding musicA Hibbing man inspired by the help he received as he endured chemotherapy for a 75-pound lymphoma tumor is giving back through a wedding music giveaway.
By: Jana Hollingsworth, Duluth News Tribune
A Hibbing man inspired by the help he received as he endured chemotherapy for a 75-pound lymphoma tumor is giving back through a wedding music giveaway.
Craig LiaBraaten, owner of Living Water Music with his wife, Leah, will give away a $1,500 wedding music package to a Minnesota or Wisconsin couple. LiaBraaten teaches piano and voice and offers professional DJ services.
“Life is about others,” LiaBraaten said. “I believe God healed me. So now what do you do?”
LiaBraaten was diagnosed with cancer in 2003, and has been in remission since 2006. Before his diagnosis, he had assumed he had gained weight, but didn’t understand why he was in such pain. Local doctors didn’t have any answers for him, he said. It took doctors from Essentia Health St. Mary’s Medical Center to determine the cause of the pain. The 75-pound, watermelon-sized tumor, much of it fluid, was connected to all of his internal organs, LiaBraaten said, and took “gallons” of chemotherapy to eradicate.
“I got every complication,” he said, and the Hibbing community “came out in full force” to help him and his wife pay bills.
This year was the first year he’s had pre-cancer strength back, he said, and the LiaBraatens want to help others through their giveaway.
“There are many brides and grooms out there going through challenging and difficult times, whether illness or financially,” Leah LiaBraaten said. “It’s nice to be able to help. A lot of people were very supportive of us.”