The Roundup -

Unthinkable Journey


August 28, 2019 | View PDF

The antique truck at the entrance of the Germann Ranch. (Photo submitted)

Jim and Laura Germann live and ranch in the Squaw Gap Community in Eastern Montana. Jim worked as a Teacher, Principal and Superintendent for several school districts for 33 years. Laura has been a School Counselor/School Psychologist in both Montana and North Dakota for the past 28 years. Laura is currently working at the Rau School in Sidney as School Counselor. After retirement for Jim, the Germanns moved to the Squaw Gap Community to enjoy life on the family ranch. Their son Cole and family help with the ranch. In August of 2018 Jim and Laura Germann started a journey they never could have imagined. Laura was diagnosed with a recurrence of a Pleomorphic Xanthoastrocytoma (brain tumor). She underwent surgery in Bismarck, ND on August 14, 2018.  After surgery a brain infection developed and she was hospitalized to clear the infection. Later, she underwent radiation and chemotherapy. August 2019 came around and this time it was Jim who was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Non Form, a type of terminal brain cancer. He was flown to Rochester, MN and underwent surgery for tumors found on his right temporal lobe and one on the parietal lobe. After surgery he developed a brain bleed and suffered a stroke. On August 16, 2019 he was flown to Sidney Regional Medical Center where he is undergoing therapy until he can return to the ranch to be with his family. 

An account has been set up at Stockman Bank in Sidney MT, which can be accessed through any Stockman Bank for anyone who would like to donate to help this couple with expenses.


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