For many years, Dan Garmon called Muscatine home and made many friends throughout the community. Though Garmon moved away after he retired, he kept in touch with those he knew in the area. When Garmon received a diagnosis of stage 3B esophageal cancer, his Muscatine area friends sprang into action, organizing a benefit for him at the Muscatine American Legion, scheduled for Saturday, October 5th, at 5:00 pm. Through their generosity, the benefit’s organizers hope to help cover the cost of his medical bills.
Garmon spent his childhood in Muscatine and graduated from Muscatine High School in 1970. After earning his associate degree in marketing from Kirkwood Community College, Garmon returned to Muscatine and had a successful career in auto sales at Breese Auto Parts, Park Avenue Motors, and Kriegers. Before his retirement, Garmon also worked for thirteen years at Menards. Outside of work, Garmon both played and coached slow pitch softball. He married Lori Chamberlin forty-four years ago, and had two children in Muscatine, Troy and Jami, who have given him two grandchildren.
In February of this year, Garmon learned he had stage 3B esophageal cancer. He underwent both chemotherapy and radiation to try to shrink his tumor, but to no avail. His treatments have proved exhausting, making it impossible for him to go back to work to cover the high cost of his medical expenses.
To help Garmon pay for the treatments he needs to continue to fight his esophageal cancer, his longtime friend Cheryl Little and two sisters-in-law, Teri McManus and Tami Pardie, put together a benefit for him. At the event this Saturday, attendees can come and for $5 enjoy a walking taco bar, water, and cookies. The event will also include prize drawings, a raffle, and silent auction featuring items such as a curved fifty-five-inch HDTV, chest freezer, $50 Fareway gift card, and a handmade queen-sized quilt.
Little, McManus, and Pardie encourage everyone to come and support Garmon, who supported his home community for so many years. If you would like more information about the benefit, or if you would like to donate an item for any of the drawings, please contact McManus at [email protected] or (563)-299-1822, or Little at [email protected] or (563)-770-0337.