The amount of money collected in Geneva for cancer research is more than impressive.
But it doesn’t tell you about all the other things that go on you might not know about. Many people see the dollars but overlook the many other great accomplishments.
During the Geneva Cancer Run group’s presentation the first weekend of the Geneva Cancer Auction, DeeAnn Randall gave a brief summary of some of the things done by the local motorcycle group, in addition to donating money for research.
The motorcycle group has held the Geneva Cancer Run on the second Saturday in June for several years and they have accomplished many great things. They also know there is still a lot of work yet to do. DeeAnn said their mission is to fight cancer in different ways. Research and treatments are needed, but love and compassion are needed as well.
Several members in the group visit people going through treatment. Cash gifts have also been given to help people with whatever their needs are during difficult times.
In 2015 they visited a young mom raised in Geneva, as well as visited a 6-year-old boy in Blooming Prairie, where they discussed a five-year plan with his mother. They also visited a 60-year-old mom/grandma in Owatonna who found out she had cancer in September. She went directly to hospice and passed away in December.
They visited a dad of three who was attending a wrestling meet in Austin in which his sons were participating. The dad recently learned he only had two months to live.
They visited a mom/grandma, who is also a nurse’s aid in Waltham. She fought cancer for five years and only had a week to a month to live.
They helped a family who was hospicing their dad. The man moved in with his son in rural Lyle three years ago, knowing there was no cure. His sister, DeeAnn’s best friend, passed away at the young age of 40. He became like a big brother to DeeAnn after her older brother had been killed. Sadly, the man passed away in November.
DeeAnn shared with those gathered at the Geneva Cancer Auction that when they visit people like those mentioned earlier, they see there is a lot of work yet to do to find a cure for this dreaded disease so they continue to do what they can. Sometimes those visits are worth a whole lot more than any amount of money that can be raised or given.
She said they learn about people who need help by word of mouth and hope that if there are others are struggling, people will let them know. The local motorcycle group is on Facebook, so people can contact them if they know of someone who is struggling. Or people can pass along information to any of the people who are part of the Geneva cancer group.
DeeAnn also thanked many people who help the local group make each motorcycle run successful. Many people volunteer to help, including local fire departments and law enforcement. Others donate and serve food at the many different stops the cyclists make along the way. Others donate items for the silent auctions, people provide music at the conclusion of the run. Many who see the group and learn what the motorcycle run is all about also provide donations for the cause.
She announced that the Geneva Cancer Run was donating $2,000 to the Geneva Cancer Auction in addition to what they had already given.
DeeAnn concluded her presentation to the many people who were gathered for the Geneva Cancer Auction with, “God bless you for everything you do to fight this dreaded disease of cancer.”
People helping people, that is what it is all about!
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Birthdays and anniversaries:
• Thursday, January 21st: Cooper Routh, his 5th, Joshua Dobberstien and Gerald Wobshcall
• Friday, January 22nd: Reese Hendrickson, Taylor Lunning, Christian Sletten, Tom Haried, Lyle Shaunce, Barbara Van Gorkom, Jeff Miller, Heather Sargent
• Saturday, January 23rd: Eugene Worke, "Emeritus" Bob Hanson, Eugene Cornelius, Rodney Sorenson, Dean Broitzman, Garnet Folie, Jeff Miller, Chris Paulson
• Sunday, January 24th: Morgan Sophia Luhring, her 11th; Renee Polzin, Greg Menefee, Mary Cunningham, Trevor Tracy
• Monday, January 25th: Calvin Thomas VanderStoep, his 7th; Sophia Mabel Olivia Mrotz, his 15th; Max Thomas Powers Brekke, his 9th; Emma Meiners, her 8th; Paula Olson, Vernon Simonson, Lana Thompsen, Troy Phagan, Ladawn Hatch
• Tuesday, January 26th: Andilynn Leigh Knudson, her 7th; Russell Nelson, Bonnie Peterson, Pat Reese Ceplecha, Linda Oldenburg, Angela Borchert, Donna Borchert Knudson, Amanda Abel
• Wednesday, January 27th: Anna Mae Lee, Jon Berg, Linda Davis, Nancy Ingvaldson, Paul Larkin, Keegan Brighton, Myrtle Peterson, Ken & Waynette Peterson, Bruce & Rose Ann Kubicek
• Thursday, January 28th: Brian Brekke, Kevin Stieglbauer, Kalei Wilson, Caleb Brocker, Ruth Paulson, Denise McGowan, Rachel Schei, Lona Berg
• Friday, January 29th: Molly Jo Wayne, her 8th, Jalen Aaseth, Rick Seath, Andrea (Hanson) Carter, George Dettman, his 86th, Kim (Harpel) Johnson, Zenobia Haberman, Stephanie Jensen
• Saturday, January 30th: Allison Grunwald, Renae Wallace, Trudy Nelson, Cody Boverhuis, Dennis Jensen, Jeanette Fetterly, Michael Robinson, Scott Morreim, Wally Wobschall, Missy (Wayne) & Sean Engel, their 7th, Paul & Diane Stollard
Let the good times carry you away on your special day!