Since Madeline Kingsbury’s body was discovered several miles north of Mabel, Minn., Rick Aske has done his part to show support for the Kingsbury family during a very difficult time.
Every week, Aske mows and trims the lawn of the memorial site dedicated to Maddi. And, he recently coordinated a fundraiser in tandem with the annual Run from the Sun event held in Mabel, Minn.
The annual benefit was initiated in 2015 to raise awareness for melanoma and other skin cancers. With the event starting at the Mabel Community Center, attendees enjoy raffles, beverages, games for kids, and entertainment for adults. The Mabel Lions Club also hosts a pancake breakfast prior to the race.
For this year’s event, held on Saturday, August 12, Rick Aske, a Mabel volunteer firefighter, said he would run in his firefighter gear for the 5k (3.1 mile) running event and ask the public to make a donation to help the family of Madeline Kingsbury.
With the generous support of the community, near and far, Aske’s fundraising efforts resulted in $4,110 donated to Kingsbury’s family, including children Elliana and Noah.
Aske said an account was set up at Merchants Bank for anyone to donate to the Kingsbury family, and people can still make a donation.
Photos submitted and by Jason Sethre