It was a normal day for Ian Vesey and his family; as normal as things could be at least. They were piled in the car—on their way to the local sporting goods store, Andrus Outdoors. Ian thought they were just going to get him a new scope for his hunting trip to Alaska, but his family knew he had more than a new scope in store for him.
Ian thought they were just going to get him a new scope, but his family knew he had more than a new scope in store for him.
For the past year, car rides have been a mainstay for the Vesey family who has been making long, frequent trips to Fargo, ND and Rochester, MN for Ian. They’ve been visiting with multiple doctors and medical facilities ever since Ian was diagnosed with cancer following the discovery of a brain tumor.
The trips are a long haul for the Veseys who live out in Belfield, ND. A one-way trip can take anywhere between 4 to 9 hours on a good day.
Knowing that the Veseys were also simultaneously managing their ranch and dealing with medical expenses, Abbie Jensen, Client Services Specialist from Dickinson, wanted to do something to help out.
So, she cast a wish.
Fast forward a few months, and Abbie found herself eagerly waiting inside Andrus Outdoors with Personal Banker, Diane Tift. They had arrived just before the Vesseys to decorate and set up their surprise for Ian when he walked in.
“I suppose you’re probably wondering what all these balloons and stuff are for.”
“Hey Ian,” said Abbie. “I suppose you’re probably wondering what all these balloons and stuff are for.”
Ian could only look around shyly while his parents and his sister smiled, knowing what they were really all there for. With everyone gathered around, Abbie explained how she heard about his diagnosis and how she had felt compelled to help ease some of their financial worries.
But with his trip to Alaska coming up soon, he’s ready to embark on the longest, most exciting trip he’s been on yet. Ian’s ready for an adventure.
“And so, we’re giving you $1,000 for your medical fund and $1,000 for some fun including this new scope for your hunting trip to Alaska,” Abbie smiled.
Ian’s eyes got big.
“What do you think of that?!” exclaimed his mom, Emily.
Ian was able to round out his trip to Andrus Outdoors, by picking out the scope he thought he was there for and even spent some time installing and testing it out with his dad, Joe.
Ian is staying strong and still going through treatments. But with his trip to Alaska coming up soon, he’s ready to embark on the longest, most exciting trip he’s been on yet. Ian’s ready for an adventure.