Benefit for motorcycle crash victim Ahoe Sunday; transfer to Fargo hospital 2 days later

A Williston, N.D., man will transported to a Fargo medical center Tuesday from the Minot hospital where he’s been treated since a June 1 motorcycle crash left him dealing with quadriplegia, according to a family member.

Dennis Ahoe, 59, will be transferred from Minot Trinity Hospital, which has cared for him since the crash, to Sanford Health, which has an accredited spinal cord rehabilitation program, according to one of his daughters, Cherice Levenhagen of rural Ardoch, N.D.

The transfer became possible after Ahoe, who lacks private health insurance, was approved for Medicaid assistance following his qualification for Social Security disability, she said.

Dennis Ahoe (left) in 2008, with daughter Cherice and son-in-law Bill Levenhagen.

“He’s really happy. Really happy,” Levenhagen said this morning. “He’s ready for the challenge.”

Ahoe turns 60 Sunday – the same day family and friends are holding a special benefit to raise money to help him.

Charitable nonprofit NDAD is sponsoring the benefit and acting as custodian for funds raised at Sunday’s event, which is taking place from noon to 5 p.m. at the Old Armory building, 320 First Ave. E., Williston, N.D.

The fundraiser includes a sloppy joe feed, silent auction and baked goods. Items for auction or sale include everything from gift cards to handcrafted scarves, bracelets, necklaces, canes and wood lamps.

All funds raised on Ahoe’s behalf will be used to help offset his medical and essential day-to-day living expenses.

Ahoe, a Wisconsin native who grew up in the Devils Lake, N.D., area, moved to Williston in the early 1970s. He has four adult children and five grandchildren.

Ahoe, a former oil field worker, was employed at Carpet Creations of Williston.

Ahoe was riding his new motorcycle on U.S. Highway 2 en route to Devils Lake June 1 when, he recalls, he experienced intense shoulder pain, causing him to lose control while trying to negotiate a curve in the highway.

“All of a sudden, I couldn’t pick up my arm all the way, and it was painful to ride the bike,” Ahoe told the Williston Herald earlier this month. “It just kind of got so painful, it kind of knocked me out, and the next thing I know I’m on the wrong side of the road in a ditch.”

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Donations to help Dennis Ahoe also can be mailed or delivered to: NDAD, 2660 S. Columbia Road, Williston, N.D. 58201. Please make checks payable to: NDAD / Dennis Ahoe.

You also may donate online at http://www.ndad.org/fundraisers.asp. Please use the “Give Online” button that appears with Ahoe’s photo and article.

On that same webpage, you’ll also find information about other people who are the focus of NDAD-sponsored fundraisers and information about NDAD’s Community Fundraisers program. For further information, call (701) 775-5577 or toll-free 1 (800) 532-NDAD (6323).

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