“We wanted to make sure we could help Ryan and his family reduce medical expenses and really all cancer-related expenses,” he said. “…The most important thing to me is that the fire service is about brotherhood; it’s something close to my heart. The guys who work together every day at our fire station are like family, and for us it was very important to be there for our family member, to be there for our brother and to make sure that we can help Ryan and Andrea and their family.”
The benefit will begin with a social hour, DJ and silent auction at 5 p.m. At 6:00 p.m., the spaghetti dinner will be served, followed by the live auction at 7:00 p.m. The auction will be hosted by Dave Vondy of All-American Consulting out of Colorado, and famed Steve Flower will be the auctioneer. Items such as vacation packages, art, metal art, music, movies and sports memorabilia will be up for grabs at the live auction.
When the Lohrs heard about the fundraising dinner and the auction, they felt overwhelmed. Ryan said he’s not one to ask for anything, and while he feels a little awkward about the whole thing, he knows people are just showing they know what they’re doing. care about it.
“In all honesty, if it was just me, I would have just shut this whole thing down. I don’t do very well with that stuff,” Ryan said. “…We’re lucky to never have asked for anything, but the outpouring of support and prayers and stuff is right – it’s really overwhelming.”