"This has been the greatest ... people have been giving the extra mile," said Shari Gartner, co-organizer of a benefit for Wykoff resident Jerico Bushman, son of Larry and Dorreen Bushman, and Paynesville, Minn., resident Kolby Bushman, son of Kenny and Ruby Bushman, who were seriously injured in a motorcycle accident on July 5.

The accident resulted in Jerico suffering a broken neck, sternum and left foot, and Kolby losing his right foot and his right elbow was shattered.

The Bushman benefit, set for next Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Wykoff Community Center, features a ride - bikes, classic cars and trucks - and a meal, live and silent auction, quilt drawing and a bake sale to help raise funds to offset lost income and help pay medical expenses.

Gartner gave an update on the young men's progress, saying, "Both are doing well, coping with their issues. It's a huge change in their lifestyles."

Jerico is on the mend, as according to Shari, "he finds out whether he'll need another surgery on his foot," and Kolby "just got his first prosthesis."

On Oct. 6 the ride begins at 11 a.m. at Shooters in Wykoff, heading east. Registration is from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., and all vehicles are welcome, whether one has a Harley or a Hyundai. Drivers may register for $20 per vehicle. The rider will end their trip back at Shooters around 4 p.m., having enjoyed the fall scenery.

The meal, slated to begin at 3 p.m. and end when all the eats are gone, includes pork sandwiches, hot dogs, potatoes, salad, chips and dessert, and Eickhoff Farms has donated two half hogs to make it happen.

The silent auction starts at 3 p.m. and lasts until the live auction begins at 7 p.m.

"We have quite a lot of stuff," Gartner noted. "We have 87 baskets so far, and probably about 20 more still coming. We have resort stays, gift cards, restaurant gift cards, bed and breakfast stays, hotel stays, oil changes, tanning sessions, pies and more. People have been wonderful."

The live auction is where the action is, offering even more things to bid on and help bring in funds for Jerico and Kolby.

She observed, "People we haven't even asked have just shown up and given what they can to help."

Additionally, Cheyanne Baker is in charge of the bake sale and quilt drawing, and will hold a garage sale during Wykoff's Fall Fest this weekend to help raise funds for her recovering family members.

Gartner expressed the family's appreciation once more for the support received. "People have been tremendous, amazing. We are so thankful that they've gone that extra mile to help."

Donations may be made to "Bushman Benefit" at any Security State Bank - in Wykoff, Spring Valley, Ostrander and Lewiston. For more information, contact Shari Gartner at 507-352-2281 or 507-951-9404, Jen Arndt at 507-867-3720, or Marvin Bushman, Jr., at 507-867-4115.