A November benefit is planned to help the wife and son of a Grand Forks County sheriff’s deputy who himself has overcome adversity.
Chris Hutton’s right leg was amputated below the knee after Hutton, who was riding his motorcycle, was struck by a hit-and-run driver in July 2006. The twice-deployed National Guard soldier soon returned to his law enforcement work, plus many other pursuits, including softball. Earlier this year, Hutton was named VFW Law Enforcement Officer of the Year for North Dakota.
Now it is Hutton’s wife and baby son who face serious challenges of their own.
Kelly Hutton works in the Grand Forks County Office of the District Court Clerk. She had surgery Thursday at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, in Minneapolis to remove a high-grade aggressive sarcoma, a type of cancer arising from connective tissue.
Hutton’s surgery went well, and she was expected to be released from the hospital today, said Julie Sturges, a Hutton coworker who also is participating in the benefit effort.
The lump on her right rib cage was checked following an emergency cesarean May 19 to give birth to the Huttons’ son.
Mason’s birth was traumatic. He lacked a heart rate and was not breathing, with his umbilical cord wrapped multiple times around his neck and body. He lacked oxygen for about eight minutes before he was revived. Doctors ultimately determined he had a brain bleed and bilateral brain damage. He had to deal with seizures for a time. He also has some hearing loss in his left ear.
Mason since has met numerous developmental milestones, but the next few years will determine just how much impact his birth trauma will have on his development.
The benefit for Kelly Hutton and little Mason is set for Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Eagles Club in East Grand Forks. It will feature a baked potato bar from 4 to 7 p.m., with a silent auction and a bake sale starting one hour earlier, at 3 p.m., and concluding an hour beyond the end of the silent auction.
People who would like to contribute items toward the silent auction should contact Lori Troyer or Ryan Bjertness at email@example.com.
Charitable nonprofit NDAD is a sponsor of the benefit and will serve as custodian for funds raised by the benefit. All proceeds will be used to help offset Mason and Kelly Hutton’s medical and essential day-to-day expenses.
Fundraising already has started. Donations may be mailed to or dropped off at: NDAD, 2660 S. Columbia Road, Grand Forks, ND 58201.
Or, you can use this link to NDAD’s website, where you can donate to the Hutton benefit online and learn more about NDAD’s Community Fundraisers program.
More information is available by calling (701) 775-5577 or 1 (800) 532-NDAD (6323).
About NDAD’s Community Fundraisers program
NDAD-sponsored community fundraisers are conducted by friends and families of a person with a disability or a serious health challenge.
NDAD acts as custodian of the funds raised, which can be used to help the individual with medical and other urgent needs and expenses, including helping with doctor, clinic or hospital bills and paying pre-existing bills. NDAD allows the client to use the bank of his or her choice to hold all funds that are raised.
The community fundraiser service is offered free of charge by NDAD. All funds raised are spent on the client’s needs – in Kelly and baby Mason Hutton’s case, medical-related bills and essential day-to-day expenses. It’s a service NDAD has provided across North Dakota for the majority of its 37 years. References are available.
The service offers benefits in several ways. NDAD is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, meaning any funds donated to NDAD qualify for a charitable donation and are deductible for donors who itemize. Funds donated to bank accounts that are not under 501(c)(3) status are not deductible funds.
Donations directly to a needy individual also may cause that person to lose eligibility for various public assistance programs that are based on income. With NDAD as fund custodian, the funds should protect eligibility for public programs. NDAD tracks all funds raised and expenses paid. The client, family member or representative can bring in the donation, and NDAD will provide the necessary accounting functions.
Approved bills must be submitted to NDAD, where they will be paid with donated funds — a service that can be of great relief to individuals or families dealing with overwhelming situations. If clients are at medical facilities out of town for long periods of time, it also can be a great convenience.
NDAD’s long reputable service in North Dakota also is a factor sometimes when potential donors consider a fundraiser sponsored by the organization.
Also, NDAD provides marketing and consulting expertise to help with fundraisers, including creation and copying of posters, letters or any other advertising items necessary for fundraisers.
Learn more about NDAD’s Community Fundraisers program by calling (701) 775-5577 or toll free 1 (800) 532-NDAD. Learn about other upcoming fundraisers at http://www.ndad.org/fundraisers.asp .