The Brummond family together after receiving the news that they will be traveling to Paris.
BY NIKKI MEYER
On December 1, 2018 Holly Brummond posted on her Facebook page: As some great friends blessed me with kind words and gifts today it got me thinking about how grateful I am! I don’t think a day has gone by since my first diagnosis, 4 years 8 months and 1 day ago, that I haven’t had a vast array of things to be thankful for! One of the greatest gifts God has given me is the ability to take in the bad news and then move on to enjoying every minute I can with those around me that I love! (And that’s a whole lotta people).
When she posted that, Holly had no idea of one of the gifts that was yet to come.
Profinium began their Achieving Dreams Together program as a way to lend a helping hand to those who could use one, especially at Christmas time. The financial institution partners with generous
local businesses, and together they are able to impact those nominated by creating life changing moments. In the first two years more than 300 nominations were received and over $50,000 was awarded.
This year, Profinium took things to the next level.
“We had 18 people nominate [Holly],” said Nicole Krumwiede, business banking assistant at Profinium in Truman. Having just completed their third annual Achieving Dreams Together program, Profinium has not had another person receive as many nominations as Holly did. “People were still nominating [her] after the deadline.” Krumwiede stated.
Holly was called and asked to come in to the bank at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 13 under the guise of needing to sign some paperwork. When she arrived, she got more than she bargained for.
Krumwiede met her in the lobby and explained why she was really there. “You were brought in today because a whole big group of people care about you. Have you heard of the Achieving Dreams program before?” Krumwiede asked Brummond. “I nominated someone for it once,” Brummond responded, eyeing the tv camera just a few feet away. As nearly a dozen people emerged from the break room, Holly was told that she had been nominated and chosen.
“Our heart goes out to you,” said Dawn Hendricksen, a family friend. “It’s been a long, long time. You need to have enjoyment and memories. There’s a lot of love here for you.”
“I feel that. Every day I feel that,” Brummond said through tears. “I’m so blessed.”
“One of the reasons I nominated Holly is that through her entire journey she has been brave. So brave that she has never asked for anything for herself,” said co-worker Tami West-Lobato. “She hasn’t asked for time off, people to work her shift, people to take care of things for her—she’s done it all her own and she’s done it with John and Ainsley in mind. And others! She cares for others all the time and never really herself, so she so deserves this. And through it all she’s maintained her faith.”
Finally, Krumwiede got to tell Holly exactly what she was receiving. “We are sending you, your husband John, and your daughter Ainsley to Paris for five days and four nights.”
“I don’t know what to say because I don’t feel like I do anything to deserve all the support I get,” Brummond managed through tears, “and I get so much support. I feel loved and blessed every day. Cancer sucks, but it’s brought so many good things to my life. I hope you all know how much I love and appreciate you.”
Holly’s 14-year-old daughter Ainsley and her husband John were among the supporters present for the announcement. “They are what I live for. They are what I live for every day. What I fight for. It means a lot.”
One of Holly’s biggest goals at this point is making all the memories she possibly can with her daughter. She has dreamed of going to Paris with Ainsley and John for a long time.“I told John that we are going to Paris,” Holly stated. The diagnosis of ovaian cancer that she first received almost five years ago has taken a turn for the worst and in November was deemed terminal. “Even if we have to put it on a credit card and pay for it with my life insurance, we’re going.”
Profinium, in partnership with their employees—especially those at the Truman location, will be taking care of all of the family’s travel and lodging expenses. And, thanks to the Travel and Cruise Center in Mankato, the family will get to visit all of the world-class sites in Paris, including places like the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. It will truly be the trip of a lifetime, and one that will help a special family achieve their dream.
Holly concluded in her December 1 Facebook post: I just want to thank you all for each day that I feel your love and support! I often hear “you always have a smile on your face.” Well, first of all I don’t always have a smile but it’s hard not to smile when you are surrounded by love! I don’t know what God has in store and I pray that the timeline my oncologist guessed is wrong or that a miracle happens but what I do know is that with the time I have left (however many months or years that may be) I am so thankful to be given a community that lifts me up and fills me with love! Merry Christmas my friends and may you all be as blessed as I am!
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