Benefit concert for Apple Valley family

Emmy-winning musician Peter Ostroushko will perform at a Sept. 28 benefit concert for his sister-in-law, Lynn Ostroushko of Apple Valley, who in April suffered a massive seizure and underwent surgery to remove a brain tumor. (Photo submitted)

A benefit concert has been planned to help defray medical expenses for the George and Lynn Ostroushko family of Apple Valley.

In April, Lynn Ostroushko suffered a massive seizure and underwent surgery to remove a brain tumor.

“She’s improving, but she’s having trouble speaking because she had a stroke during the surgery,” said George Ostroushko, who works as a postal carrier.

“We both have insurance, but to combat the rest of the tumor, they suggested chemo, and our co-pay is going to be in the thousands,” he said.

The benefit concert will feature the music of George’s brother, Peter Ostroushko, a violinist and mandolinist who won an Emmy award for his soundtrack to the PBS series “Minnesota: A History of the Land.”

Peter Ostroushko’s music also was used in the Ken Burns documentaries “Lewis & Clark” and “Mark Twain,” and his mandolin playing can be heard on the Bob Dylan album “Blood on the Tracks.”

The concert starts at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at The Church of St. Joan of Arc, 4537 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis. Tickets are $25 and are available at

In the wake of her surgery last April, Lynn Ostroushko remained in the hospital for a month and a half. “She basically had to relearn everything – how to swallow, how to walk, how to talk,” said her husband.

She’s been homebound following her hospital stay, using a cane to get around and continuing to undergo speech therapy.

During his wife’s recovery, George Ostroushko has become an outspoken advocate for greater use of MRIs, a test which he says could have helped prevent Lynn’s seizure.

“If an MRI had been done, a lot of this could have been avoided – not the tumor but the seizure – and we could have had the surgery earlier,” he said. “MRI is the only way to detect brain tumors, but insurance companies don’t want to pay for them. They’re being held back because of the cost constraints.”

His interest in advocating for MRIs: “We don’t want this to happen to other people,” he said.