Joey Brewer still smiling despite third bout with cancer

Joey Brewer
Joey Brewer setting out to raft the Moyie River this spring.

A co-ed softball tournament and silent auction will be held in Bonners Ferry September 19-20 to help a young man now facing his third cancer battle after being diagnosed with Stage 3 rectal cancer earlier this year.

At age five, Joey Brewer, now 26, went through treatment for soft tissue cancer above his left knee, and he did far better than his oncologists expected, making what appeared to be a complete recovery. But the pain grew worse, and two years later, at age seven, he was diagnosed with bone cancer, and ultimately lost his leg.

Joey was working in North Dakota early this year when he began having digestive problems. A doctor diagnosed a gluten allergy, but a change in diet brought no relief. It became so bad that, in the midst of pandemic, he returned home to Bonners Ferry to be nearer his family.

His sister Amanda, concerned, talked him into again going to the doctor, and tests revealed that cancer, of a type rare in one his age, had returned.

He was 25 and on his parent’s insurance when the diagnosis was made, but the insurance ended on his 26th birthday, and the costs are devastating.

To help, the Joseph Brewer Medical Fund was established and donations can be made at any Mountain West Bank branch, and those asked have been generous in giving for the silent auction.

They already have a ton of energy logs or pellets, bags of barbecue pellets, two new patient exams/cleanings by Dr. Geyman DDS, bath and body goodies from Bee Naked and more.

To contribute silent auction items, to sign up for the softball tourney, with Compass Grill catering, or to learn more ways you can help this irrepressible young man, call his mom, Debra, at (208) 290-4620, or sister Amanda at (208) 217-4052.