A ham dinner and silent auction benefit will be held Sunday, December 6, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in support of Wayde Fraasch and his family. The event will take place at the Speedway in Milbank.
Wayde was recently diagnosed with brain cancer and his family has incurred unusual medical costs and suffered loss of wages.
Silent auction items are currently on display at the American Lutheran Church and donations of items will be accepted until Friday, December 4. Monetary donations can be made at www.gofundme.com/duam45ru or through an account for the family at First Bank and Trust in Milbank.
Wayde had surgery on October 10 to remove the tumor and is now undergoing 28 daily radiation treatments in Watertown and taking oral chemotherapy until June 2016. The surgeon was able to remove 96% of his tumor, with 4% remaining too close to blood vessels.
During Wayde’s illness, he and his family have been doing what they do best -keeping a positive attitude. “They say laughter is the best medicine, ” he said, “so that is what we’re trying to do.” Those that know Wayde say he always has a smile on his face and a joke in his pocket. He is someone willing to bend over backwards to help someone else or listen to their problems.
Wayde is a registered nurse and part of the management team at Grant-Roberts Ambulance in Milbank. He is also a member of the United States Air Force Reserve. His wife, Amber, is employed at Valley Queen Cheese and is the head gymnastics coach at Milbank High School and Vertical Horizons. The couple has three children: Brooke (11th Grade), Elijah (8th Grade), and Aubrey (4th Grade).