Tailgators brings Brandon community together to support Garrow family

Published: Feb. 7, 2021 at 4:59 PM CST
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BRANDON, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - The Brandon community is rallying behind their beloved football coach who is battling for his life.

Brandon Valley Head Football Coach Chad Garrow was diagnosed with brain cancer in December, and over the weekend a local restaurant raised tens of thousands of dollars for him and his family.

On Super Bowl weekend, Tailgator’s Sports Bar and Grill in Brandon is focusing on Lynx football and supporting Head Coach Chad Garrow.

Not long after winning the state football championships, Chad Garrow started not feeling well.

“It ended up being that he had a tumor or a mass on his brain and they went into further looking and they had an idea that is could’ve been Glioblastoma,” said Coach Garrow’s daughter Savannah Blonquist (Garrow).

Months later, Garrow now spends his weekdays at Mayo Clinic getting treatment.

With the expenses adding up, one of his favorite restaurants wanted to help, so for every burger sold over the weekend at Tailgator’s $5 goes to the Garrow family.

“About two weeks ago, Dave the owner, we were talking about how many burgers we were going to go through and we started at about 1,500,” Tailgator’s Manager Zach Bolter said.

Tailgator’s says throughout the weekend they went through roughly 3,500 burgers, “The anonymous donor said if we raise $10,000 here in burger sales that they were going to match that, and we are well above and beyond that,” Bolter added.

The overwhelming support, seems fitting for a man who’s given so much.

“Just the gratitude that he’s always shown for the game and for other people, when you give a lot and give and give and give, when it’s time to receive that’s a wonderful thing that other people are willing to generously do what they can as well,” said Brandon Valley Assistant Football Coach Matt Christensen.

The Garrow family says the coach recognizes the support he’s getting, and they appreciate every burger bought and every generous thought.

“It’s been absolutely incredible, not just this weekend but for our whole family through not only people providing meals, and prayers, and just everything,” Blonquist said.

“It just really goes to show how amazing the Brandon community really is and just the outpour that they are willing to give,” added Garrow’s daughter Alicia.

Tailgator’s estimates the weekend fundraiser will help give roughly $30,000 to the Garrow family.

Donations to the Garrow family can be given here.

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