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Benefit for Harden next Saturday at The Hub

David Harden and his dog, “Jack.” (Submitted photo)

The Hub on Main in Ellsworth will host a benefit next Saturday for David Harden, who was recently diagnosed with stage 4 terminal cancer.

The event will be held at the establishment, 305 W. Main St., from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a meat raffle at 2 p.m. There will be a silent auction and other raffles, lots of food, family and friends.

Diane Harden (David’s wife), friends and family invites the public to this celebration of life. People are asked to come and take time to express their feelings and share their memories. All donations will help with medical bills and expenses.

Harden’s diagnosis became known a month to a month-and-a-half ago, according to Melissa Van Guilder, a benefit organizer. His spouse had called for an ambulance, suspecting he might have had a heart attack.

Instead, doctors found the cancer had spread so significantly, they estimated he had anywhere from two weeks to three months left to live, Van Guilder said Thursday. His mate is having difficulty dealing with the news and he is concerned about family in return, including his dog, “Jack.”

Harden’s daughter-in-law, Krystal Seig, who is employed by Brotoloc Health Care Systems, has taken care of him while on a hiatus from her work, though was recently called back, Van Guilder said. Hospice is now coming in at his Ellsworth home, not too far from The Hub, and his weight has dropped noticeably.

Harden was born in Indiana and raised in Siren, she said, but has lived in Ellsworth for 39 years. He retired from Meyer Manufacturing in Hager City. He has two children of his own and two step-children. When possible, he’s enjoyed riding his Harley “trike.”

“We’re hoping he can be there,” Van Guilder said about the benefit, which has been organized quickly and scheduled for early in the day.

Besides the support organizers hope to receive at Saturday’s benefit, they announce donations can also be sent to: Krystal Seig, 128 E. Main St., Ellsworth, WI 54011.

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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