Hay Days Re­view

It’s all about the snow!

Sno-Dak News - - Board Messages - SPC Pa­tri­cia M May 68W NDANG

I want to thank you and the Sno-Barons Snow­mo­bile club for the amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence you helped cre­ate for my fam­ily and me, upon my re­turn home from Afghanistan. To say thanks I wanted to email you with more in­for­ma­tion about my­self and my fam­ily. I am a Spe­cial­ist in the North Dakota Army Na­tional Guard; my MOS (job within the guard) is 68W Com­bat Medic. I served 8 months in Ba­gram, Afghanistan pro­vid­ing med­i­cal care and med­i­cal evac­u­a­tion for NATO forces. I am from Minot, North Dakota and my fam­ily (in­clud­ing three aunts and un­cles, about seven cousins, a few long time fam­ily friends, my brother and my par­ents) has been go­ing to Haydays for over 17 years.

I was able to come home early from Afghanistan due to the draw­down of US forces. My brother (Tony Con­nole) and I were able to keep it a se­cret from my mother (Cathy Con­nole) and my fa­ther (Kim Con­nole). Since my mother was un­able to make it to Haydays this year be­cause she had to take more time off of work to take my fa­ther down to Mayo Clinic a few times. My dad was di­ag­nosed with CLL (chronic lym­phatic leukemia) and was un­der­go­ing chemo treat­ments. He is done with treat­ments for now and Doc­tors say he will just need to be mon­i­tored. So I was able to fly into Min­neapo­lis to sur­prise him on Fri­day since he owns Sports Spe­cial­ties of Minot and was part of the “swap­pers” this year. Thanks to my brother and the Sno-Barons Snow­mo­bile Club, we were able to sur­prise my dad with­out him know­ing that I was com­ing home!! I am very grate­ful for Sno-Barons and their gen­eros­ity and sup­port they showed me and my fam­ily dur­ing this amaz­ing event!!

Again, thank you for every­thing!!

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