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Annual Raise the Rouf to benefit Jay Werner

Shalon, Jay, Brodie and Tison Werner.

Jay and Shalon Werner of Brownton have been part of the annual Raise the Rouf event since it began 10 years ago.
Raise the Rouf began as a fundraiser for Natalie Roufs, who had breast cancer. Shalon Werner was a close friend of Roufs, who lost her battle to cancer in 2009.
“We’ve helped since day one,” said Shalon Werner. Jay Werner, a member of the Brothers of Unrest motorcycle group, helped organize a motorcycle ride each year. Other activities include a bean bag tournament, a silent auction and live music.
This year, the Werners are on the flip side of the fundraiser. Jay Werner was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in April this year, and he has been designated as the recipient of this year’s Raise the Rouf event, set for Saturday. After the annual motorcycle run, there will be bean bags, the silent auction and music at the Club New Yorker in Green Isle, with bean bags starting at 5 p.m., and the music at 7 p.m.
The motorcycle ride also starts at the Club New Yorker, with registration starting at 8 a.m. and the ride starting at 10 a.m.
This is the final year of the event, and the Werners are honored that they were chosen as the recipient.
“It’s touching because we’ve been a part of it for 10 years,” said Shalon Werner.
Jay Werner agreed, saying there is definitely a different perspective “from the other side” of the event.
Along with being the recipients of the Raise the Rouf fundraiser, the Werners have found an outpouring of love and support from a lot of sources.
Both are natives of Gaylord, and they’ve had a lot of support from family and friends in Sibley County.
They have lived in Brownton for 13 years, where they are raising their two sons, Tison and Brodie.
“Brownton has really pulled together to help us out,” said Shalon Werner. “And Sibley County, where we both grew up … everyone has just been there for us.”
Jay Werner’s brain tumor was discovered in April, after a series of seizures sent him to the local hospital and then to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he had surgery to remove the tumor.
There, it also was discovered that the tumor was cancerous.
Jay Werner spent nearly a month in the hospital, and continued to have seizures after the surgery.
Shalon Werner said doctors are still struggling to find a balance of anti-seizure medications but, fortunately, Jay has not had a seizure since June.
In the meantime, he attends occupational, speech and physical therapy a total of six times a week at the Hutchinson hospital. Jay has not been able to return to work since early April.
For more, see the Aug. 17 print edition of The Chronicle.