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John Heller Cancer benefit


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Hey all,

Some of you may know John from his involvement with Dave Genz and the original "fish trap" and some of his other contributions (ice chaps, auger enhancements, rod holders from outdoor creations etc...)

In July John was diagnosed with stage 4 liver cancer and he and the family have begun the fight and really could use some help and encouragement. As many of you are aware the Hellers lost their youngest son Jesse to a drunk driver several years ago and now with John's illness the bills are really mounting. We wanted to get involved as John's friends because we knew he would be doing the same for us if the roles were reversed because that is the kinda guy he is. We are holding a benefit for the Hellers and need folks to come out and encourage John and family.

If you can't make it and want to get involved somehow drop me a line and I would be happy to try to help you figure out a way to help.

Thanks for reading this far.

Gary Herber

[email protected]

www.huntfishbelieve.com for details

John Heller Benefit

Sep 25, 2010 -

Please join us for a benefit lunch/dinner for our friend, John Heller. John was recently diagnosed with stage 4 cancer of the gall bladder and liver.

The doctors, hospitals and chemotherapy bills are mounting and we are hosting a day of shooting, music and fun in his honor to support John and his family financially and spiritually.

The event will be at 220 189th Ave. NE, East Bethel, MN 55014. A $10.00 ticket gets you admission and a hotdog or hamburger, chips and a beverage--as well as puts you in a drawing for a shotgun at the end of the evening.

There will be music, games, silent and live auction, and a trap-shoot competition for your chance at yet another shotgun--the more clays you break--the better your odds.

Join us on Saturday, September 25th for fun, fellowship, music and so much more.

For more information, e-mail: [email protected]

Tickets will be on sale at Horizon's Community Church in Ham Lake on Sunday Sept 5th and Sept. 12th and 19th. And of course at the event!

Directions to 220 189th Ave NE, East Bethel, MN 55014:

Take highway 65 to Viking Blvd, (Hwy 22) go west to University, (right by Oak Grove/East Bethel sign), turn left, (south) to "T" in road, (189th Ave), turn left to 3rd house on right--we'll be in the big pole barn, parking in field just behind pole barn

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This is sad to here about John and I hope this event is a huge success. smile

IcePro good idea! You can stop in during the morning and support John, then be heckling Hanson as a he puts on seminars during the afternoon. grin This sounds like a great idea.

If anyone was unable to attend, but still wanted to donate, is there way to do so? I am not fond of dropping cash in the mail and have not ordered any checks going on 4 years now.

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Thanks to all who attended and supported John and the family- what a great success. Thanks for the forum to put this out there and advise the sporting community of a brother in need!

The live auction on the Mulely antler knives was something that I will never forget. What a cool bunch of people!



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  • 3 months later...

John Heller passed away 12/27/10 in the loving arms of his family. My friend will be greatly missed. John's hints, tips and input was always welcome and the stories never stopped.

If anyone is intersted in memorial service details

Memorial service Tuesday, January 4, 6:30 PM with visitation beginning at 4 PM at First Baptist Church of Anoka, 1235 Park St., Anoka, MN 55303

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John's memorial was VERY nice. A perfect tribute to a man loved by many. John will be missed greatly but always remembered.

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