Wow! Wow! Wow! We humbly say “thank you,” but it just doesn’t seem like enough. The tears are still flowing and hearts overflowing from all the love and support Friday night. We received more love and support than any one family could ever imagine.

There is something to say about small towns and the incredible support that surrounds someone when it is needed.

We so appreciate everyone from all circles of our life that came together to make this amazing event happen; what teamwork! As John said, you are all the reason he gets out of bed every morning and fights so hard.

To the committee, which we won’t name names because we would hate to forget anyone (we will thank you personally), wow! Unbelievable how you pulled this off! The hard work and dedication it took, we are beyond grateful and can never thank you enough.

To the donors, unbelievable the variety of wonderful items for the auctions. A lot of very happy people went home with fabulous items!

To the volunteers, you guys rocked it!

To the Park Rapids American Legion and Thielen Motors, thanks for the accommodating space and overflow parking. It was well used!

Thank you, Vince from Bachmann Acutioneers, for the live auction fun and Butch De La Hunt for emceeing. Thank you to those who promoted the benefit in various ways: the Enterprise, De La Hunt Broadcasting, bank signs and others we may not even know about.

Lastly, to all of you family, friends, former business clients, our athletic family (athletes, coaches, officials, athletic directors, sports associations, principals, coworkers), doctors, nurses, the infusion center team, our community and beyond, you really brightened our night, giving us the strength and support that we need to continue this battle.

We appreciate all who traveled so far to stand in line to maybe only get a brief wave, a quick hello or, hopefully, a hug. We know we missed many and apologize if we did. We would have done anything to greet every single person. Please know our hearts are so full!

If love and support was all we needed to win this battle, we would have this knocked out of the park. We are humbled, grateful and truly feel so loved and supported. Thank you for giving us these wonderful gifts and memories; they are treasured!