Jana Shortal, KARE November 23, 2015
Vikings crush Packers for a good cause. (Photo: KARE 11)
HASTINGS, Minn. – You never really know where a dream is going to come true.
Theresa Zimanske never thought one in her family would come in Hastings, Minnesota.
Yeah, it hardly makes sense.
But for Zimanske, that’s no surprise.
“It’s so bizarre but we deal with bizarre pretty well I think,” she said with a laugh.
Ten years ago, she and her husband, Donn, lost their son, Michael, to a rare disease.
On that journey, Theresa said her family really wanted hospice care, which was not available for kids and so her mission now is to make that available.
“It would have allowed a space we could all be together and our family could have been around us one last time,” she said.
To build that children’s hospice they need money.
It would be the one of only three children’s hospice residential care facilities in the United States.
This past weekend, they worked alongside Crescent Cove – the group that is hoping to build the new facility – to raise money.
And the drummed up some good old team spirit to do so.
Fans of the Vikings could donate, as could fans of the Pack – whoever raised the most got to crush a car painted the other team’s colors with a back hoe.
Unlike the game on Sunday, for this matchup, the Vikings won.
Their fans raised the most to build the hospice.
Which means the Pack got sacked.
“I’m going to crush that car right there, it’s going down,” Michael’s father, Donn Zimanske said moments before he got to do the honors in Caterpillar.
And that was where the dream came true.
“He always told me I’m going to grow up and I’m going to drive Cats,” Theresa said recalling what her little boy would say when he was asked what he would be when he got older.
A dream came true…thanks to dad, coming through.
For more information about Crescent Cove, click here.