Community comes together to help family
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 6:49 AM
Family, friends, neighbors, classmates, acquaintances, a community all gathered together Saturday evening to help out a family in need. They gathered for the Wiemerslage Benefit.
Kyle Wiemerslage with his wife and daughter, Becky and Makenzie
After suffering a seizure in early December, Kyle Wiemerslage had surgery on a brain tumor that was found to be malignant. He has since undergone chemotherapy and radiation therapy at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse. Procedures and treatments such as this come with a high price tag, and to make matters worse, Kyle did not have health insurance and has been unable to return to work at Wiemerslage Trucking.
To help Kyle and his wife, Becky, and their 2-1/2-year-old daughter, Makenzie, with expenses a benefit was held at the Fest Building in Spring Grove.
Sammy Eiken, a fellow co-worker of Becky's at Merchant's Bank, helped organize the benefit. "What an unbelievable night last night!" she remarked after the event. "We could not have asked for a better crowd! It is truly amazing what our communities will do to help a family out!" This working together as a community raised about $40,000 for the Wiemerslage family!
"Thank you to everyone who donated items, to everyone who bid on items, and to everyone who volunteered their time to help at the event! For the Athletic Boosters for helping to sponsor the event and to Merchants Bank for matching funds to $1000! You are all truly appreciated!" added Eiken.
The evening included a meal, a live auction, a silent auction, and live music with the Cody Band. Raffle tickets were sold prior to the event. Winning the 50" Smart TV was Shelley Schulte, winning $500 cash was Melanie Cotton from Decorah, and winning the $250 cash was Tom Solberg.
"It was a fantastic evening! It was great to see all the support people give and the time in putting things together; what a great community we have!" commented Becky. "The funds will help with the medical bills we have. Kyle is doing very well and feeling good. We go in on the 17th to see how the radiation and chemotherapy treatments went and then we have another appointment on the 18th to talk about when he will start his next round of chemotherapy."
Becky works part-time at Kwik Trip and at Merchants Bank. Kyle has been working a little at Spring Grove Soda Pop, Inc. "It is great that the pop factory has been letting him work a little and be able to get out of the house," said Becky.
After his upcoming appointments he'll find out if he will be able to drive again and also find a more steady job.
"Thanks to everyone that came out to the benefit, it really means a lot," added Becky with a smile.