Community supports Dobson family

Wednesday, October 02, 2013


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The overwhelming community support for local chiropractor Jim Dobson was evident Sept. 28.


A benefit 5-K and 3-K walk/run, pancake feed and silent auction was held at the high school to raise money and show support for Dobson, who was diagnosed this July with acute myeloid leukemia.


Dobson and his wife Tammy are parents of three children, Mitch, Eve and Alec.


A heavy rain that fell throughout the night and early morning let up just in time for the 150 runners and walkers participating in the 9 a.m. event.


While there were several runners competing, there were also many supporters of all ages, including parents walking with baby strollers and a couple making the route in a golf cart.


In the 5-K race, Dobson’s oldest son, Mitch, came in first with a time of 21.12. Dylan Gehm was second at 21.23, and Dustin Olsen was third at 23.16.


The top runners in the 3-K race were Kelsey Poppen at 17.33, Callie Martens at 21.12 and Kristen Poppen at 23.16.


Volunteers fed a crowd of about 250 at a pancake feed following the run/walk.


Dobson was finishing a round   of chemotherapy at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls and participated in the event from his hospital room via Skype. A computer was set up on a table for well wishers to share some face-to-face screen time with him.


Donated items for a silent auction filled several tables in the gymnasium and Dobson’s sister, Julie Peterson, gave haircuts for donations.


Local man Rob Lee, who started out the day sporting a beard to rival those worn by the guys on the television show, “Duck Dynasty.” raised more than $200 in donations for allowing someone to shave his beard.


That honor went to Dobson’s youngest son, Alec.


Dobson will be hospitalized while his immune system is compromised following the latest round of chemotherapy, but hopes to come home as soon as his blood counts are up.


Donna Palmlund

Staff Writer

The De Smet News

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