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Large crowd turns out to help Blayne Keck and family

COLFAX -— Nichole (formerly Pederson) and Danny Keck found out how much family, friends and even strangers care about them when the Tom Prince ballfield was packed the weekend of July 31-August 2 for a benefit to raise money to help with medical bills for their son Blayne who fell into a campfire last spring.

A softball tournament, silent auction, raffles, kids games and a bake sale were a few of the events that took place and there was also plenty of food for everyone. Blayne, who was two years old in February, slipped and fell hands first into a campfire this past May and was taken by his family to Mayo Hospital in Menomonie. He was immediately transported to Regions Hospital in the Twin Cities where he was treated for burns on his hands, arms, lower face, upper chest and stomach area. He has had two skin grafts surgeries, the first one keeping him in the hospital seven days and the second one which also included putting casts on both hands, kept him in the hospital a few more days. He wears compression sleeves on both arms now and will wear them for at least a year, and he has to go back to the hospital every two weeks to have the burns checked. The prognosis is good as far as being able to use his arms like any normal boy and there will be minimal scarring.

“This accident happened so fast,” mother Nichole, a graduate of Colfax High School said. “Two year olds are always moving and he just tripped by the campfire with plenty of people around. We are so grateful for the help we received from the Menomomie Fire department/Rescue Squad and for everyone  who came out for the benefit. Blayne seems to be adjusting to wearing the compression sleeves and he has been a brave little boy through all of this. We hope things can get back to normal but it will take a year or more the Doctors think,” she added.

All proceeds from the benefit will go towards medical expenses that are not picked up by their insurance company and traveling expenses to the hospital for the family, which also includes Blayne’s older brother Brock. Anyone wishing to still donate can call Connie Pederson at 715-962-3606.