Benefit for man, 28, injured in Grand Forks train accident just days away

ONLY DAYS AWAY NOW: The Kourage for Kyle Johnson Benefit on the sixth floor of the Grand Forks County Office Building is Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hope you’re going to be there to show your support.The benefit for Kyle, an employee of the Grand Forks Health Department’s Mosquito Control division who was seriously hurt in an Aug. 21 train accident, includes a silent auction, raffle, a bake sale and a baked potato, chili and toppings bar. A free-will donation is requested.

The Grand Forks County Office Building is in downtown Grand Forks at 151 S. Fourth St., with parking on South Fourth Street, nearby Bruce Avenue and South Third Street and in the county parking ramp (enter ramp from South Third Street or from Bruce Avenue).

Silent auction items are still welcome. Please call Debbie Hanson-Misialek or Aly Barclay at (701) 787-8100 if you have items that need to be picked up. Please leave a message with your name and the best phone number(s) where you can be reached.

Flier for Saturday’s Kourage for Kyle Johnson Benefit in Grand Forks.

Another way you can help inform the public about this worthy benefit: Please SHARE this item with friends and others who may wish to help. If you wish to share our Facebook post, please go to NDAD’s Facebook page, show your support for NDAD’s work by liking NDAD’s Facebook page, and share the latest Kyle Johnson fundraising post from there. Your help is greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Kyle continues to work on his rehabilitation from brain and brain stem injuries at Courage Kenney Rehabilitation Institute in Golden Valley, Minn. With continued progression, Kyle, 28, and his family — including parents Les and Deb Johnson of Grand Forks — are hoping to return to the Johnson home in mid-February for the first time since the accident.

Kyle made more progress in the past few days, including extensive, more balanced use of a walker on Sunday and his first use of a cane on Monday, according to his mom’s post on Kyle’s CaringBridge.org site. “Up until this point Kyle has been mobile primarily with the use of a wheel chair, walker or two poles,” she wrote. “To him the fact that the cane is a smaller aide than any of the ones he’s been using previously is step in the right direction. Canes are more portable than walkers and wheelchairs, and that’s more ‘normal.’ ”

Learn more about Kyle and how you can participate in this fundraising effort at NDAD’s Community Fundraisers page elsewhere on this NDAD.org website. All of the proceeds — 100 percent — will be used to help Kyle with medical and related expenses.

Kyle Johnson on Sat., Jan. 18, in the Twin Cities. He currently is partaking in rehabiltation for brain and brain stem injuries at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute in Golden Valley, Minn. (Submitted photo)

Can’t attend the benefit? Donate online at the aforementioned NDAD fundraisers page, using the “Give Online” button next to the story and benefit flier for Kyle Johnson.

Or, please mail your donation to: NDAD, c/o Kyle Johnson Fundraiser, 2660 S. Columbia Road, Grand Forks, ND 58201. Please make your check payable to NDAD and be sure to write “Kyle Johnson” on the check’s memo line.

Learn more about NDAD’s free-of-charge Community Fundraisers Program, which is sponsoring the Kourage for Kyle Benefit, and how the program may be able to help you help a needy individual or family with serious health concerns. Call (800) 532-NDAD for information.

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