SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) – A lot of people say their colleagues are like family.
This may be especially true of a Sioux Falls man who pursues an effusion from those he works with.
Over 200 people come together to raise money for a colleague and friend who is fighting cancer.
“Someone goes through something like that, you can’t just be by their side all the time. So just do what you can and help them shoulder the financial burden, ”said Lucas Holden, one of the organizers of the event.
Kole Vogt was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma after a seizure during a video call to work in July.
“We heard about Kole’s situation while working with him at Eide Bailey and we obviously wanted to help the family. It’s just, yes, expensive to go through all of these treatments and he has such a great family, ”said Paige Dejong, one of the organizers of the event.
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So, Eide Bailey staff put together a 3-mile run and a mile of walk to do just that. Kole and his family were even allowed to be there.
“We were stuck in the hospital for the last week, so it feels really good to be outside and see and feel the support,” said Janelle Vogt, Kole’s wife.
Kole has done three out of six rounds of chemo so far. Once he’s cancer free, his doctors want to do a bone marrow transplant. He says the support he has had throughout this trip has been overwhelming.
“Thanks to everyone who has given some kind of support, because there are so many different forms, be it to help the children, just to send prayers, or anything,” said Kole Vogt.
“We are really blessed to have the support crew that we do behind us. To be honest, we couldn’t do it without all the support, ”said Janelle Vogt.
Donations to the family will continue to be accepted through the event’s Venmo account (username: kickincancerwithkole) for the next few weeks. There is also a GoFundMe page for Kole that you can visit by clicking here.