When she heard that over 100 people came to show their support at a benefit on Sunday, Peggy Madsen was shocked and very grateful to all who came.
In October, Madsen fell down the stairs at the Post Office in Fairbury, suffering numerous injuries that required her to be life flighted to Lincoln. However, she has been making a quick recovery and is looking forward to being released from the hospital later this month.
Sheila Durflinger, Madsen’s daughter, was grateful to see the community gather together to show their support for her mother. She explained that they raised over $2,100 during the benefit at Meridian, from a spaghetti meal and silent auction items.
“It is just great to know that the community really has come together to show support for others,” said Durflinger. “My mom isn’t a social butterfly, or anything like that, but still, nearly 150 came to the benefit to show their support, which was just outstanding. My mom was shocked when she heard that!”
Many people and businesses donated various items for the silent auction on Sunday, many of them coming in at the last minute, Durflinger explained. She emphasized how grateful she is for everyone showing so much support to help her mother regain a normal life.
“I just can’t thank everyone enough,” Durflinger said. “The money that was raised will help my mom to live as independently as she possibly can. There is still a long way to go, but she is a fighter, and she will continue to recover.”
During the event, Durflinger was able to meet the people who found Madsen the day she fell. She thanked them for their help, attributing the fact that her mother is still alive to their quick actions.
If people were not able to make it to the benefit on Sunday, they can still show support for Madsen through a GoFundMe page, or, they can also make a donation Madsen through Union Bank and Trust. Durflinger believes that the most touching aspect is how many people continue to let her know that they are wishing Madsen well.
“I still have so many people messaging me, and texting me—people I don’t even know—telling me that they are praying for my mom,” said Durflinger. “It’s just amazing to me to know that there are so many people out there who still care about others. There are still people today who will do things to help other people, especially in smaller communities, which is great to see happen. This support is helping my mom to keep her fighting spirit strong.”