Fundraiser planned for Jason Bock and Bob Dye
Back in May, two members of the Kremmling community found themselves on separate floors of the same hospital fighting for their lives for very different reasons.
Those two men, Jason Bock and Bob Dye, appear to have emerged from the darkest days of their individual ordeals but the road to recovery is long and, unfortunately, far from cheap.
On Sunday family, friends and Kremmling locals will come together for a fundraiser benefit in honor of the two men at Grand Adventure Brewing Co. The fundraiser will officially kick off Sunday evening at 5 p.m. and run until roughly 6:30.
Grand Adventure Brewing Co. owner and operator Rick Reliford said the event will feature live performances by local musician Lee Adkins as well as food, an auction and raffle prizes. The idea for the fundraiser event was the suggested by one of Grand Adventure’s customers who told Reliford about Bock and Dye’s ongoing medical treatments. All proceeds from the event will be split 50/50 between the two men to help with medical expenses.
Fundraiser attendees who donate $20 at the event will receive pizza, wings and a Caesar salad Reliford said. Grand Adventure is donating food for the event. Plenty of other community members and local businesses also donated items and prizes that will be part of both the raffle and auction.
Raffle tickets will be sold at the fundraiser and go for $5 each or six tickets for $25.
Reliford said Kremmling area businesses have donated gift certificates but highlighted a few big ticket items that will be offered up including a guided third season bull elk hunt donated by Bear Mountain Outfitters, a guided fishing trip donated by Blue Quill Anglers – where Dye works — a weekend stay at a Breckenridge condo and one day fishing trip on a private pond near Kremmling.
The medical ordeals that led to this weekend’s fundraiser started in mid-May for both Bock and Dye, albeit in very different fashions.
Bock’s medical issues started out as stomach pains. After going in for appendectomy surgery Bock’s lungs quit functioning properly and for roughly two weeks he remained in the hospital on a ventilator. In early June Bock’s lungs regained function and doctors took him off his ventilator but the joy he and his family felt was somewhat short lived as Bock was informed he had cancer the very next day.
Bock’s mother, Grand County coroner Brenda Bock, said Jason is currently back in Kremmling and recovering before another planned surgery to address his cancer on July 16. Brenda said Jason is nervous about his upcoming surgery but is trying to maintain a positive attitude while he continues to recover his strength and health.
Bob Dye’s medical issues stem from a serious ATV accident suffered May 20. Bob’s wife Debbie Dye said he sustained a traumatic brain injury in the accident and was sent to the Front Range for medical care, incidentally ending up on a different floor of the same hospital as Bock.
Debbie said Bob is doing “really well” and is currently undergoing inpatient therapy at the Craig Hospital. He is expected to remain in Craig for several more weeks before transitioning to outpatient therapy and is expected to make a full recovery.
“We live in an amazing county,” Brenda Bock said, expressing her thanks to the community that has been so supportive of Jason throughout his ordeal. “When things happen people are right there to help you. It doesn’t matter, whatever you ask, they are there to do it. It is overwhelming, the people are so good here.”
Debbie Dye echoed her sentiments.
“I just want to say thank you to the community,” she said.
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