The curling community is coming together to support a 72-year-old man who was shot during an attempted robbery in Minneapolis.
According to a Go Fund Me page, Dale Olsen was shot "several times" outside a business on the 2900 block of Franklin Avenue East in Minneapolis the morning of Jan. 18. He is hospitalized at Hennepin County Medical Center where he is on a "long road of recovery."
Olsen is a longtime curler with the Cambridge Curling Club and the Twin Cities Curling Association, which are coming to help him and his family with medical expenses. In the first two days of the fundraiser, the Go Fund Me raised more than $12,000. As of Monday morning, the page had raised $14,931 of its $50,000 goal.
"There are no words to express the gratitude and appreciation that we have experienced since this tragedy occurred. From friends and family that are in our lives almost daily to people we haven’t seen or heard from in some time both near and far," the page says. "Much love to everyone. Thank you for your thoughts, prayers, and support towards Dale’s recovery."
Fundraiser organizer Adam Ostrosky of Minneapolis says the family will post updates on the page as Olsen's journey continues but will keep some details private as the investigation into the shooting is ongoing.
In an update on Sunday from beneficiary Kim Olsen, "Dale has had a little setback but hoping to get it under control. We will remain in the hospital for a bit longer than we hoped. Dale, I and family want you to know we appreciate your prayers, donations and most of all your friendships."