When Hillbilly Laser was just a thought in my mind, one thing I knew I wanted to build into its core values was paying it forward. I truly believe that we are all on this earth to do something to help someone in one way or another. The world revolves around karma and vibes and, while we can't all do ALL.THE.THINGS - we can all do SOMETHING.
Helping out with awareness and donations is one way that I strive to help pay it forward. THANK YOU for taking the time to shop the fundraising events and helping to pay-it-forward to these organizations.
Based out of the Fargo/Moorhead area, Inspired Athletics is a program that offers more than just on the court workouts. IA goes the extra mile and offer an “Athlete’s Lifestyle Program”. Their program helps enhance the mental and physical development of the athlete.
VISION STATEMENT: Inspiring youth to believe that patience, trust, and hard work will lead to success on and off the court.
PURPOSE: To help create a define structural and disciplined lifestyle through sports teachings.
If you’re from Pelican, the Westby family and Faith need no introduction. Faith was a red headed firecracker who touched the lives of everyone she met. She was born with Kabuki syndrome, a rare disorder that affects multiple parts of the body. She deservingly earned the accolade Red Headed Warrior, as she fought that in addition of several infections and transplants with the best spirit and highest determination until she lost the battle in March of 2019.
She would have graduated this year (PRHS Class of 2021 ). The Westby family, Pete and Jeannie, contacted me to help keep her memory alive. So they decided on a few different style mugs (purple, of course ) with Everything is Possible with Faith on one side and her signature and handprint on the other. So whenever they get used, you can give a mini-High 5 to Faith.
The Westby family have been so gracious to offer these mugs to the public to order. For every mug sold, Hillbilly Laser will give $5 to the MN Special Olympics organization in Faiths name. If you want to make a special donation as well, I encourage you to visit this site (link here)
As all MN connections seem to happen, my path has crossed with Keshia and Trevor over the years. My good friend Brittany and Keshia are basically step sisters (Brittanys mom, Karin, dates Keshias dad, Dirk).... come to find out that Keshia is really good friends with my good friends cousin - were in a wedding together and all that jazz.... it turns out we really do live in a small world. Which brings my connection back to Trevor. When they were in the beginning stages of planning his benefit, Brittany mentioned that Hillbilly Laser could offer special products... so here we are :)
On March 1st, Trevor received a call nobody wants to get. A recent biopsy result confirmed that that he would be fighting cancer. Again. With a little luck and a lot of prayers, he was able to get an appointment at The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and set course for treatment – in the hands of the best doctors possible and in the most amazing medical facility around. Trevor was also able to qualify for a clinical trial and now makes the trip to Rochester at least once a month for treatment, tests and follow-ups – all a part of the study.
Trevor continues to do Trevor things – teach, coach golf, spend time with friends and family, and most importantly, with his wife Keshia and their two boys, Easton (6) and Jameson (3). For the most part, he is feeling well given what his body is going through. Trevor is a fighter and he continues to show up for everyone around him. Now, it’s time for us to show up for him. Please keep Trevor and his family in your prayers and consider donating to the Solem Strong benefit to help pay for the cost of treatment, travel and other life expenses they will endure along the way.
The Solem Strong Benefit is planned for Sunday, August 15th at the Minnewaska House in Glenwood, Minnesota from 11 AM – 3 PM. The benefit will feature a silent auction, pulled pork sandwich meal, specialty beer brewed in collaboration with Trevor, games, a dunk tank and more!
Any contribution will help the Solem family focus their energy on Trevor’s care and supporting each other through this time.
To donate a Silent Auction item, please contact Amanda at 612-325-6707 or Breanna at 320-424-2601 to work out details. Monetary donations can be sent to: Glenwood State Bank | Solem Strong Benefit| PO Box 197 | Glenwood, MN 56334 • Or Venmo @SOLEMSTRONG
So, if you're in the area and want a good time, for a good cause, with good beer, please plan on joining us on August 15!
Hillbilly Laser will donate $5 from every Solem Strong mug sale back to the Solem Strong benefit.
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