There isn’t a nicer guy around, that’s what everyone who knows him says about Randy Pederson. He’s a long-time employee of the popular LaFleur and Sons Inc. as director of activities and tournaments.
If you’ve ever been in a dart league or a pool tournament sponsored by LaFleur’s “Petey” was there.
“We’re really busy in the fall and we do tournaments all over,” Pederson said.
He’s a 1969 graduate of Minnewaukan High School and has worked for LaFleur’s since 1986.
A fundraiser is planned to help Pederson with medical expenses as he battles cancer in his colon and liver.
“I woke up one morning with such a terrible pain in my side, I could hardly stand up,” he explained.
“I almost passed out it hurt so bad.”
That drove him to the doctor and a long and grueling list of tests which determined it was cancer. That was the end of July.
They are treating him with heavy doses of chemo. He goes to Grand Forks every other Tuesday for three and a half hour process and uses a pump that delivers the chemo for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. It’s the maximum chemo he could take.
“After my first treatment I lost 10 pounds - that was the poison - the cancer going out of my liver,” he said.
He said the chemo is changing his body so he has to know his limitations, what he can handle and what he can’t. This summer he had a big garden but hasn’t been able to enjoy the fruit of his labors because the chemo has caused sores in his mouth and he has to be very careful with things like tomatoes, which are acidic, and other raw vegetables that might have bacteria in or on it.
“Even my taste buds have changed,” he remarked, as he talked about how the chemo has made food taste differently.
The fundraiser planned by Pederson’s friends will be held at the K.C. Hall on Friday, Oct. 12. The meal of roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn and dinner roll will be served from 4 p.m. until gone - $10 advanced tickets are available from Proz (662-2101).
There will be a silent auction with bidding closing at 8 p.m. and a live auction which begins at 8:30 p.m., a bake sale and raffle tickets sold throughout the evening. One raffle will be for a dart board, a huge TV and an iPad. That drawing will take place Nov. 21. On-going raffles at the fundraiser will be for cash and bacon bundles, etc.
Page 2 of 2 - Some of the prizes aready donated for the benefit include three days in Las Vegas with a voucher for air fare, a trip to the Wisconsin Dells, Kyle Busch memorabilia, a broken bat that belonged to Alex Castellanos, Journal subscription gift certificates and gift certificates from many restaurants and businesses throughout the community.
Ramsey County Thrivent will support this benefit and match a portion of the proceeds.
If you have items to donate for the fundraiser bring them to Proz or to the KC Hall that day before the event begins.