SCOTTSBLUFF – One of the many benefits of living in a smaller community is that people will band together in a time of need. One local family is grateful for that benefit in a difficult time.
Tami Busch received the news that she had been diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer on Jan. 15, after being admitted to the emergency room at Regional West Medical facility earlier that month with severe abdominal pain.
“I had been dealing with the pain for the past year, off and on," she said. “We had a whole bunch of tests run but nothing showed up until that ER visit.”
When family friend Adam Gollas heard the news, he was prompted to do something to help the family.
“I told my wife, ‘someone should do something,’” said Gollas. “She just looked at me and said ‘You should do something’ so I called our mutual friend Michael Pierce and he immediately wanted to help as well.”
The two reached out to Tami’s husband Kendall to see if it was OK to organize something, and the response was a very heartfelt "yes."
The two got to work organizing a fundraiser to help the family, contacting local businesses and finding a location and the result of that work takes place Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. at Backaracks as they will be hosting a live auction to help raise money for the Busch family.
“We started with Backaracks because of their history doing fundraisers for cancer research,” said Gollas. “They have had some great events, and they were more than happy to help with this as well.”
Businesses have been coming out in droves to help support the event and they have had many items donated that will be up for auction that night from gift cards and free catering, to tool sets and grills.
Gollas said at least 20 businesses have come forward wanting to help, and the phone is still ringing with more donations. Other families have taken to their Facebook page to simply donate money directly to the cause.
“Every night we sit down and cry looking at the amount of donations that have already come in,” said Busch. “People complain about living in a small town, but to us it has made a world of difference seeing the community come together to support us. The love we have received is completely overwhelming.”
Gollas says no matter how much they raise it was completely worth his time and effort to help the Busch family, and he hopes they can use part of the money to take a much needed and deserved vacation.
For those looking to help or donate before the event you can go to Facebook and search Benefit / Auction for Tami Busch. Or you can call Gollas at 308-641-0880 or Pierce at 308-641-0227.