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Van Dusen Thankful for Support


May 26, 2022

Dear Editor,

Back in December 2020, my fiancée, Denise Klassy, started to notice that I was really starting to walk different. In January of 2021, I stated to doctor about this issue. Mind you, we thought I was going to end up having back surgery. After many tests, in the end, back in December 2021, I got a diagnosis with ALS, also known Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

May 14th, 2022, Pec Valley ATV/UTV Club did a benefit ride for me to help raise money for doctor bills and upcoming things I may need in the coming months.

I want to take a moment to thank a lot of people that helped out in some way or another.

What an amazing day it was. I can’t express on how grateful I am to have you guys come out and support me. I was so overwhelmed to say the least about everyone that came out. There are so many Thank Yous I would like to thank. Pec Valley ATV/UTV Club and Cork Down Saloon for getting the ball rolling on my benefit. Pec Valley is the most amazing club to be a part of and some of the most caring people. Mike and Angie Wirth we can’t thank you enough for everything you guys did to get the Cork Down ready for this benefit. Thank you to Pec Valley and Cork Down for doing a brat feed when we got back as well. The day itself was amazing, the weather, the people, and the love that I felt. I would also like to thank Green County Fall Nationals, you guys are truly amazing. Thank you guys so much for the gift cards, basket of goodies, and an amazing get away to Door County. You don’t even know how much that means to me I am truly grateful. Also a big shout out to New Glarus Brewing Co. What an amazing donation that they made to me. The basket that was donated on top of it was amazing, filled with all kinds of goodies. I thank you guys so much. A big shout out to Amy Knutson she had donated a week’s stay in Gulfport, MS. So many memories I can make with my family.

These next people I want to thank held a big part in the benefit day. There was so much donated to a silent auction: gift cards, baskets, cross bow, flowers, golf outings, car detailing, cabin stays, pictures, bedding, and so much more. Thank you to Argyle Lions Club, Argyle Women’s Club, Fitness Nutrition Center, INC, Chris Isely and Tracey McCombs Farwell, Collen Rear, Diane Boley Bidlingmaier, Jean Pick of Monroe Hair Removal and Tanning, Allen Bechtolt of Bechtolt Wood Works & Custom Engraving, Eagle Pass Saloon, Rathskeller, Shawnas Bar and Grill, Monticello Ford, Hair Tek-nique by Cindee, Amy’s JZT Salon, Total Look Company, Gempeler’s Supermarket, JonnyO’s Pizzeria, The Java Lava Cafe, Rose Marty and Gaylord Flannery, Voegeli Chevrolet Buick Inc., Boar’s Nest, All-Ways Photography, Davis Farms, Edelweiss Golf & Country Club, Howard Drye and Annette Drye, The Horseshoe Saloon, Brush Creek Golf Course, Victoria Boley, Justin Engelkens, Melissa and Josh Kosak, Jeffrey Grossen and Marian, Hunter Grossen, James and Debbie Grossen, M&M Cafe, Northside Fried Cheese, Rabbit’s Detailing, Stephanie and Darin Erickson, Brian and Paula Schoenhard, Deb and Sheldon Krahenbuhl, Donna Becker’s sisters, Piggly Wiggly Store of Monroe, Attica Bar, Steven Tollakson, Kurt Tollakson and family, Todd Tollakson and family, Todd and Margie Hanson for everything you did that day, Ray and Ginny Johnson for the amazing design on shirts and the donations of can coozies, Flannigan Farms, Good Fellas Tavern, Camie Peterson, Judy Hodgin, there was seven baskets made from a family member’s friend, we know there is so many others that contributed in some way or another, whether it was foot work to get the day to go so smooth or just the running to get the donations for the day. Your efforts will be held in our hearts forever, thank you so very much.


Larry Van Dusen and

Denise Klassy


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