Because of Brandon, a fund raiser in memory of Brandon Houge, a young man from Ironton who unexpectedly passed away from complications of diabetes, will be Saturday, July 28, in Crosby. All proceeds will be used to fund youth diabetes camps, patient travel expenses, and educational events.
“My son, Brandon, was only 13 when he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes,” said event Chair Doug Houge. “Despite excellent care and his best efforts, complications arose and Brandon passed away in December 2015 at the age of 27. We miss him every day and still cry over losing him. But, we are determined to help others avoid the same loss. Please help us honor his memory by supporting this fun event.”
The benefit for Cuyuna Regional Medical Center’s Diabetes Education Department will include a beer and wine tasting, silent auction, barbecue, raffle, and street dance featuring Pandemic from St. Cloud, all at the Crosby Bar & Grill. New this year will be an ATV ride to benefit Because of Brandon. Riders will be driving through Crosby to raise funds. For details, contact email@example.com.
The raffle is for a 2018 Alterra 500 ATV from Brothers Motor Sports ($4,999 value), Ruttger’s weekend with meals and golf ($1,150 value), .22 LR Barracuda gun donated by Magnum Research ($840 value), $150, and $50. Tickets are $10 each and are available at CRMC’s Cuyuna Lakes Pharmacy, the Crosby Bar & Grill and Culver’s in Baxter.
Since Because of Brandon was established two years ago, more than $100,000 has been raised to fund youth diabetes camps, patient travel expenses, and educational events. Most of the funds provide scholarships for youth to attend Camp Needlepoint, a week-long, summer outdoor camp on the St. Croix River in Hudson, Wisc., for youngsters with diabetes. The camp lets children have a great time participating in traditional activities while connecting with others with diabetes. Healthcare professionals oversee daily diabetes care and help campers learn to manage and live successfully with their disease. Scholarship recipients have been from Crosby, Aitkin, Pequot Lakes and Longville.
More than 18,000 youth are diagnosed with diabetes every year. Nearly 30 million people in the United States, or about 10 percent of the population, have diabetes and over one-third of adults have pre-diabetes. When diabetes is not well controlled, people with diabetes are at an increased risk of serious health complications including blindness, amputation, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure and premature death. Because of Brandon funds go toward initiatives to promote awareness of this serious disease as well as programs to support those living with diabetes.