MAZON — Andrew Krull’s friends and family describe him as a man who would do “anything for anybody.”
He is a farmer, a husband to Kelly, and a father to 9-year-old Hannah.
And in 2011, he was diagnosed with brain cancer.
“It just tore me up when I heard,” said friend Donna Meyer.
On April 28, friends of the Mazon resident will hold a benefit to raise money for his family.
Called “An Afternoon with Andrew,” the event will be held at the Grundy County Fairgrounds and will feature lunch, cow pie bingo and a silent auction.
Among the items up for auction will be a restored IH 460 tractor, which was originally won by Daniel Johnson, of Janesville, Wis., in a separate benefit, and which has been bought and donated to the Krull benefit by Mark Wills, Kevin Halterman, Pat and Tim Carey, Dan Mehochko and Bob Rink.
The Seneca FFA will be helping out at the event by cooking porkchop sandwiches and hotdogs, along with 4-H beans.
Meyer, one of the people putting on the event, said the benefit is the least they could do for their friend. “He’s such a great person,” Meyer said. “We just think the world of this guy.”
Proceeds will go to Andrew’s health care costs, as he receives treatment at University of Chicago, and to his family.
According to his wife, Kelly, Andrew is “humbled” by the benefit. She said his years in 4-H, during which he was a member, leader and a constant supporter, are a point of pride for him, and that “he hopes to see his daughter, who is now in 4-H, reap the benefits of all that 4-H has to offer.”
Kelly expressed gratitude to all who are supporting them.
“All I can say is that this is a man who would do anything for anybody and it’s wonderful to know that people are doing this for him,” she said.
“I cannot thank them enough.”
Interested in helping?
According to organizer Donna Meyer, donations of auction items, cash, food, desserts and bottled water are welcome. Interested parties should contact Meyer at (815) 634-8823.