Ryan Chevrolet collects over $13,000 in donations for local cancer survivors

Andrea Johnson/MDN Vickie Simonson brought her dogs, Katie and Willie, along for the ride when she came to Ryan Chevrolet’s drive-through fundraiser for cancer rehab patients on Saturday.

Ryan Chevrolet raised more than $13,000 for cancer rehab patients at Trinity Health on Saturday morning. The business said that more than 400 people participated in the drive-through fundraiser and were served pancakes, sausage links, orange juice or coffee by volunteers who brought the food right to their car windows.

Chris Gaddie with the dealership said this was the eighth year that Ryan has held a benefit for breast cancer awareness but this was the second year that a drive-through benefit was held. In other years, the dealership held a sit-down pancake breakfast benefit in its showroom and benefits went to national organizations that help cancer patients.

Last year Ryan Chevrolet changed the format to a drive-through event due to the COVID-19 pandemic and decided to continue it this year. Proceeds from the benefit are also now benefiting people more locally and are going to cancer rehab patients at Trinity. Last year’s event raised $11,500 to benefit cancer patients.

Gaddie said up to 25 volunteers from Ryan Family Dealerships, the vast majority from Ryan Chevrolet, helped with the benefit on Saturday. The Station coffee shop donated coffee to the event and some volunteers from The Station also helped deliver coffee to people in waiting cars.

Donations ranged from spare change to $100 bills. Some people donated $20 or $40 and in turn received T-shirts or caps

“Every little bit helps,” said Chris Gaddie, who said the volunteers, like many others in the community, have been affected in some way by cancer.

“We’re just so proud of the Ryan Chevrolet Team and the people of Minot for coming out. To sustain this donation level and increase the number of participants is a strong indicator that we are on to something really good here,” said Ryan Chevrolet owner/operator Kathleen Gaddie, in information provided by Ryan. “We look forward to finding new ways to improve and grow even more next year.”


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