Sunday benefit planned for farm accident victim

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By Sandy Bond

Chance Gregg was injured in a farm accident on Dec. 4. He had surgery and a lengthy stay at a Minneapolis, Minn., hospital, but is back in school and getting around with the use of a walker. A benefit to help defray his medical expenses is set for Sunday.

Chance Gregg was injured in a farm accident on Dec. 4. He had surgery and a lengthy stay at a Minneapolis, Minn., hospital, but is back in school and getting around with the use of a walker. A benefit to help defray his medical expenses is set for Sunday.

On Dec. 4 Chance Gregg, a fourth-grader at Selby Area, was injured in a farm accident in which he sustained a badly broken pelvis along with numerous other injuries.
Chance was airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. Surgeons performed surgery on Dec. 6 where he was fitted with an external fixator. He remained in the intensive care unit for the next 15 days, and got home just before Christmas. He has returned to school but still cannot walk on his own and remains in a wheelchair.
“Chance is a great student to have in the classroom. He is a hard worker and willing to help anyone out,” said his teacher Kim Biel. “Even though he is confined to his wheel chair, he is still independent and cheerful. He wants to achieve and works hard to do just that. I am thrilled to have him back in the classroom. He always has a smile and a positive attitude. The kids are very excited to have him back also. Their spirits are lifted just as much as mine are.”
His family, his dogs, his horse, school, and sports define Chance’s life. He participates in wrestling and football at Mobridge through the Mobridge Youth Organization and basketball and little league baseball at Selby Area. His absolute favorite football team is the Green Bay Packers; his favorite football hero is number 31, 6 foot, 220 pound Zach Zenner, running back for the South Dakota State University Jackrabbits who is a junior from Alpena, Minn.  In fact, when Zach heard about Chance’s injury, Zach sent him a signed football jersey.
Chance also loves farm life. He’s a member of the Swan Creek 4-H Club and enjoys showing his calves during 4-H Achievement Days.
The surrounding communities and his classmates at Selby Area Elementary have rallied in support for the young man. He continues physical therapy at the Eureka Hospital and will have to relearn how to walk.
A benefit is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 9, at the Selby Area School gym beginning at 11 a.m. and continuing until 1:30. Hot pork sandwiches and fixings will be served and Chance’s fourth grade class will be sponsoring a bake sale. There will be a live and silent auction. All proceeds will help defray costs associated with his physical therapy.
To donate or for more information you can contact: Doria Hirsch, 649-7993; Al Bohle, 848-0827 or 649-7910; or Teresa Palacios, 230-8212. If you wish to donate items for the auctions, they can be left at OneWorld in Mobridge.

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