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Sioux Falls

Gary and Sandi Willman

Please meet Gary and Sandi Willman. This special couple have been together for 40+ years, since they were high school sweethearts. Recently, they have both been diagnosed with cancer. Gary was diagnosed with stage 4 thyroid cancer in June 2021. He has had 3 surgeries, a full body radiation treatment and targeted radiation to his throat for 6 weeks. During Gary’s 3rd week of targeted radiation his wife, Sandi, became paralyzed from an unknown illness. After testing, Sandi was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer as well and is now facing her own life threatening battle. Loss of income and enormous medical bills have added to their burden. They have a 2 hour commute to the doctor and are in need of a vehicle that is handicap accessible. They are staying strong, using their great senses of humor, and trusting in God. Together we can make their lives better! Please cast a vote for this very special couple.

Sarah Stewart

Hi my name is sarah Stewart please vote for me here’s my story.. I am a mother of 12 , 8 boys 4 girl’s. I raised my older kids by myself I was father and mom to them. I met my husband farron Stewart 23 yrs ago we have 5 kids together.
On oct 12 my life changed again, my husband took his life to suicide. My older two sons find him in the garage one of them tried to bring him back. This have once again left me as a single mom and I’m heartbroken. I really need the help especially right now with everything I’m going through. Having a vehicle would make allot of stress go away.
I am a recovering addict I used many years. Today I’m proud to say I am sober and clean. It is very hard everyday to not run back to that life style as being the only parent now I realize how much my children need me to be strong.
I have a 18, 16, 13, 12, and 7 year old at home with me. I also have my grandson at home with me 16 yrs old.
I am currently looking for a job, going to all sorts recovery groups to keep my sobriety strong, and a car would be such an amazing blessing to my family. With the holiday coming and winter it is getting harder and harder to find rides places with gas being so expensive and being short on money with trying to make Christmas happen for my children. Please bless our family. God bless thank you…

Josh Johnson

My son Josh is a single father of 2 beautiful girls. London (4) and Rosaleigh (2). For the majority of his life, his biological father has been out of his life. He has vowed to his girls that he would never ever be an absent father, so they will never wonder where he is or question his love for them. He works 2 jobs, full time at Abra and full/part time at Taco John’s in Sioux Falls, in order to financially secure a comfortable life for his girls. He works so hard! If he doesn’t have his girls, guaranteed he’s working to keep food on the table and makes sure he is able to keep these two busy and happy! Whether it be dance classes, fun little trips to the park, or fishing (weather permitting). He recently had to sell his car and went to an old clunker to free those payments up to assure the girls have everything they need. The exhaust is leaking into the car, and I feel horrible that they have to be transported to and from with the smell of gas fumes. I think Josh deserves this car for working so hard, and always being selfless when it comes to his little girls. I love them so much!!! Thank you for reading!!

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Rapid City

Tahney Habben

My name is Tahney I’m 23 years old I have two little girls ages 2 and 4.

I’ve worked since I was 14 years oId. I recently moved out on my own. I definitely could use a new car and I’m very grateful to be able to have this opportunity to win one!
Thank you!

Niya Thunder Hawk

Challenge Accepted!! I’ve never been prepared for life.  I wasn’t born with a free pass. Everything I know I’ve learned the hard way.  I had to miss so many shots in order to learn how to make them. Life’s a game we have to play to rise above and conquer in order to reach our dreams.  Nothing is unbelievable. I believe in karma and that I manifest my own destiny. I’ve never let my circumstances define who I am. “I AM” are two of the most powerful words only we can tell ourselves, because of what follows after them. “I am POWERFUL”, “I am FEARLESSS. I’ve learned studying the human anatomy that it’s a scientific fact that the hormones of stress downregulate our genes and over time create disease. So if we manifest positivity we can also create our own happiness, health and success. It’s a lot easier said than done when the odds are against you. As a young Lakota win’yan I was born a statistic. I had to adapt to poverty, lack of education, health issues, generational trauma, abuse, addiction, shame. I always told myself I’d be better than that. I am not a victim, I am a warrior. I have a part time cleaning job. I homeschooled my 13 year old. I attend college at Oglala Lakota College for Nursing. I have three classes until I apply for the nursing program in the fall of ’22; human physiology, microbiology and algebra 2. All are pretty tough classes. I have completed active relationships, 2 parenting classes, financial classes, intensive outpatient treatment all in the past 3 months.

I have 5 kids, ages 13, 12, and 3.  I am currently pregnant and will bring my child into this world in the spring of 2022.  I lost my first born son in 2015 to SIDS, he was 26 days old. After he passed away a huge part of me died with him. Then soon after my niece died from cancer. I tried to run from my life. I turned to men, drugs, the streets and booze to cope with it. I lost everything that ever meant anything to me, my kids, my friends, my family, my home, my car, my goals. My respect for life was what I ultimately lost. I overcame homelessness, abuse, bullying, addiction, and so much more. If I were to tell my entire story many would say you can never tell and that I carry it so well. On days that it crosses my that giving up might be an option and the weight of three tine people’s (my children) little worlds are going to come crashing down around me. I look back at everything I overcame. I remind myself to not sell myself short. I tell myself the truth that life isn’t easy, life isn’t fair. I am strong willed, so I endure through the struggles with the relentlessness and courage until I regain my awareness that I am capable of anything I set my mind on. Today I face challenges as opportunities for me to grow. I will continue to persevere in spite of what challenges cross my path. I walk in prayer so that Tunkasila may bless and heal my oyate. It has been an honor and privilege to have been nominated for this opportunity to win a free vehicle and the chance to share a little of my struggle with my community. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas.

Case Mesteth

My family and i are more then grateful for this opportunity 🙏🏽. As you know my father Cass Mesteth has made the top 3 in voting. here’s some info about my father. He’s a sub contractor roofing. He was born January 21st, 1985. Here’s why I think my father deserves the car.

We came a long way from where we’re at right now. Two years ago from the month of August, my father lost custody of my siblings and I. From being homeless through the winter. Being addicted to a substance. Now my father is clean and sober for the better of our future as a family. My father turned his life around and fought a long fight to get us back. With all the obstacles that came his way, my dad never gave up on us. He’s a loving, caring, funny, amazing dad to have. My siblings and I are like my fathers light, we give him that spark that he needs to keep him going for us. He’s a strong man. I’d say my dad deserves the car more then anything. It would be an amazing gift for this holiday. As you know now, it would be our first holiday as a family again!!

Again, our family appreciates this opportunity so much!!🙏🏽 Thank you for this.