Overwhelming support for Chad
Chad Nuese was at a loss for words at the overwhelming outpouring of support for a benefit in his honor Sunday at the Cottonwood Community Center.
People from all over the area filled the community center more than anticipated.
“I never expected this many people,” said Cheryl Nuese, Chad's mother. “This is unbelievable.”
“This is a lot of people,” Chad said, seemingly almost embarrassed at all the attention he was being shown.
“I don't know what to say. Everyone has been so nice.”
Chad Nuese, 40, was recently diagnosed with colangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer) in late February and is currently awaiting a liver transplant.
He could be on a waiting list for a cadaver liver for as long as 18 months unless someone that is a match offers to be a donor match before that.
He recently completed chemotherapy and radiation treatments at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.
Nuese, his wife Stacie and stepson Ty raise cattle on their farm between Minneota and Cottonwood. Chad also works as a mechanic at a nearby farm.
To help defray medical costs, daycare mothers from Minneota, Cottonwood and Marshall that send their children to Cheryl Nuese's daycare home four miles from Cottonwood, banded together to host the benefit, along with Nuese's family members.
“Chad is pretty quiet, but when he saw all these people coming here today he told me he didn't think this many people loved him,” Cheryl said as tears welled up in her eyes.
The benefit included a lunch of pulled pork sandwiches, coleslaw, chips, dessert and a beverage.
A silent auction included nearly 100 items. There was also a raffle for a shotgun.
Even though the benefit was a big success, the love and support Chad received was even bigger.