The North Bend Eagle


Benefit planned to helpl Libra family

by Katie Mattson
Published 2/1/12

It was news that no family ever wants to hear. On Oct. 24, 2011, doctors detected a golf ball-sized tumor in Justin Libra’s cerebellum. He underwent surgery a few days later to remove the tumor, and doctors were optimistic.

Libra familyA benefit Feb. 11 will help Justin Libra, shown here with his wife Maggie and children Bennet and Alaina.

The family has been through many trials and friends and family are hoping to help the Libras by planning a benefit for Justin on Feb. 11 at the Mohr Auditorium in Scribner. A meal consisting of beef burger or hot dog, baked beans, chips, dessert and a drink will be offered from 5 to 8 p.m. for $5. Carry-out options are also available to attendees who bring their own containers.

A live auction will begin at 7 p.m., and the benefit will also feature a raffle, cake walk and a cash bar. The evening will conclude with a dance and music provided by Finch On The Run Entertainment.

Justin and his family - wife Maggie (Bennett) and children Alaina, 4 and Bennett, 2 - have yet to hear from genetics to determine if Justin has Von Hippel-Lindau syndrome, which is an inherited disorder that will cause these tumors to reoccur. Libra’s last MRI in December was negative

Maggie Bennett Libra, whose family lives in rural Scribner, attended North Bend Central High School, graduating in 2001. She is now a stay-at-home mom at their home in Scribner.

Justin Libra, a Saunders County Corrections Officer and a former Dodge County Corrections Officer, has had numerous MRI scans since his initial diagnosis and will continue repeat scans over the next 10 years. His MRI in December was clear, and the family remains hopeful.

Justin was on leave from work for a few months, producing minimal income for the young family. As a result, the Libras are facing mounting medical and household bills. To further the difficulties, the Dodge County and Saunders County correctional facility’s merger has created issues with what medical benefits are being offered to the employees.

Monetary donations can be sent to the Justin Libra Benefit, % Scribner Bank, PO Box K, Scribner, NE 68057. Those wishing to make a donation to the benefit should contact Joyce Tienken at 402-664-2761. Thrivent Financial will also provide supplemental funds.

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