Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Hayfield woman draws support during cancer treatments

It’s time to rally for the woman who would never ask for anything, her friends say.

Dawn Frieberg of Hayfield has been a Dodge County Sheriff’s Office 911 dispatcher for 18 years and is currently fighting back against breast cancer. She’s working limited hours for months, said friend Nicole Bacigalupo, who is helping organize an Oct. 28 benefit for Frieberg.

The benefit will be held at the Hayfield Pub/American Legion on Oct. 28, starting at noon. There will be a silent auction, bake sale and meal served.

It is free to attend the benefit and all funds raised will go to Frieberg, Bacigalupo said

“Right now, we’ve got 100 people interested in attending,” she said. “The more the merrier.”

Her fundraising target is $5,000, she said, which will help Frieberg when her insurance deductible “hits in January.” Along with medical expenses uncovered by insurance, funds raised will go to help with regular daily living expenses such as gas, food and other necessities.

“I’ve known Dawn for about 15 years now,” her friend said. “She’s an Air Force veteran. She was active in the military for a few years back in the late 1980s. We’re trying to give back to someone who has committed her whole life to public service and military service.”

Frieberg’s husband Mark also serves the community by way of serving on the Hayfield Ambulance. The couple has one daughter and one grandson, who live in the metro.

Currently the dispatch County, Frieberg had a double mastectomy in June and is now braving chemotherapy. With an expected course of weekly treatments for five months, “she needs our help!” proclaims a flyer for the Oct. 28 benefit in her honor.

“Dawn is the person who will give the shirt off her back but will never ask for help,” Bacigalupo said. “So, we kind of wanted to make sure she got the help even though she didn’t ask for it. She would never ask for anything but she deserves every bit of it.

“She’s given her life to making sure 911 calls get answered, and that our law enforcement and fire are safe. She takes on so much for the county and would never ask for it back. And on top of all of that, she’s one of the most loyal friends anybody will ever meet.”

Her Hayfield friends and sheriff’s office coworkers are organizing the benefit.

On the silent auction will be gift card vouchers for local businesses, a signed Paul Krause Vikings jersey, and a Dale Earnhardt Jr. racing jacket, among other items. Frieberg has also made some bookmarks, gift card wallets and hair scrunchies that will be for sale.

There will also be a bake sale, with as many as 50 baked goods for sale. The baked goods will generate funds by way of free will donations. Ribbons and bracelets will also be for sale.

The Village Pub will offer a meal of pulled meat sandwich, cookie, and chips and there will be a drink special that day as well, Bacigalupo said.

The Village Pub is located at 7 Main St. East in Hayfield. To donate to the bake sale, silent auction or get more benefit information contact Bacigalupo at 507-273-1307.




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