Benefit for Thomas Sutherland set for May 18
For four years, Thomas Sutherland of Dodge Center committed his life to the country, as a member of the United States Army.
Now people in the community are committed to helping him and his family as they go through a very difficult time in life.
In March, Sutherland’s family got news that no family wants to hear when he was diagnosed with spindle cell sarcoma. Since his diagnosis, he has undergone surgery and will likely have to go through radiation and likely chemotherapy.
That’s what prompted friends and family to rally together and hold a benefit to help raise money for his family to offset medical costs and lost wages while he is out of work.
Sutherland’s wife, Dawn, explained that after telling family and friends about his diagnosis, that everyone was ready to step up.
“We have awesome kids Tia, Carmen, Dylan and two very awesome friends Mark and Elise Ness,” said Dawn. “When we found out after Tom's surgery that he would have to start radiation and chemo and would be out of work for at least three months, we called and told the family and friends and it has spiraled from there, there has been overwhelming response from family, friends and the community to put this together.”
Dawn explained that their family is very appreciative of everyone who is willing to help out.
“This means the world to us to know that we have many family and friends that are willing to take time from their busy schedules to put together such an awesome event to help our family,” Dawn said. “There are just no words to describe how much this mean,” she added.
Dawn described her husband as a family man and someone that is always willing to help someone out, making the benefit for him so fitting.
“My husband is an awesome husband, son, uncle, friend, father and grandfather (poppop as the grandkids call him). He will go out of his way if anyone needs any help,” Dawn said. “He has always been here for the his family and friends. I just can't say enough about how much he cares for his family This is just a heart breaking time for us but we are feeling positive that this will work out for him, with the help of family and friends and lots of prayers,” she added.
The benefit is scheduled for May 18 at the Dodge Center American Legion. The benefit will start at 4 p.m. with food and a silent auction, a keg being served starting at 7 p.m. and live music by Milos Revenge starting at 8 p.m. Food is $10, and $20 for food and to drink out of the keg. For kids 12 and under a donation is appreciated.