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ModelMaker
02-28-2011, 09:04 PM
I'm passing along a blast e-mail from the Iowa BBQ Society concerning lending a hand to our freind Rod from Buster Dog.

Please pass on to any other groups you feel would help out.
Ed



As some of you know, one of our long time members and our webmaster, Rod Anderson (Buster Dog BBQ) is fighting terminal cancer and itís time for the Iowa BBQ Society to get involved.

Their medical bills are no doubt piling up and they have a 14 year old son at home, so, along with some of their friends, we are hosting a fund raiser for Rod, Dawn & David on Saturday, March 19th from 10 am Ė 4 pm. There will be a free will offering for a plate of a pulled pork sandwich, beans, chips & soft drink. The location has not been totally determined but we will definitely let you know.

We know there are many of you that would like to take part and we feel it is probably the easiest to take donations to purchase the pork, buns, beans, chips and soda/water. They are thinking there will be around 300 of their friends in attendance, which we hope includes many of us bbq members.

We have asked Shad & Darren along with Woody to smoke the pork butts and make the beans.

We would love to have you join us that day to help serve and take part in the auction. If you are not able to join us, we hope you will consider an additional donation that will go towards Rodsí expenses.

If you are willing to make a contribution to purchase the food, please make the check to the Iowa BBQ Society and send directly to our treasurer, Mike Whitney @ 515 Oak Blvd, Huxley, IA 50124. These checks need to be at Mikeís place no later than March 9th. If you are not able to join the fundraiser and would like to make a donation, that check can be written to Rod Anderson and mailed to Anne Rehnstrom at 8838 Meredith Dr., Urbandale, IA 50322.

An auction will also be held. A friend of Dawnís is heading up this aspect of the fund raiser. If you have items that you would like to donate to the auction, please contact Sara Anderson @ srscott99@msn.com (srscott99@msn.com) or 515-229-9207.

We are also asking everyone to put the fund raiser on their Facebook page and Mike T, would you put it on the BBQ Forum? The more people that know about the better the event should be.
Any questions, please contact Anne Rehnstrom @ 515-223-2622 or arehnstrom@pork.org (arehnstrom@pork.org). We look forward to hearing from you. And I know the Andersonís are going to be very grateful for this event.


Anne L. Rehnstrom
Secretary
Iowa BBQ Society
515-223-2622
515-223-3549 (fax)
arehnstrom@pork.org (arehnstrom@pork.org)




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Scottie
02-28-2011, 09:27 PM
I encourage all to help out a brother... if you can't donate money, donate something for the raffle.... Rod and his family needs this support.

Cancer Sucks!

Jeff_in_KC
02-28-2011, 09:28 PM
As a raffle item, Stan and I are donating one free entry into Smokin' on Big Creek BBQ Contest in Pleasant Hill, MO April 1-2. Hope other organizers can follow suit to help the Anderson family.

Jorge
03-01-2011, 08:35 AM
Rod, Dawn, and David are some of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet. I spoke to Sara Anderson yesterday, and two gift certificates for Opa's sausage should be leaving Fredericksburg, Texas today.

ModelMaker
03-01-2011, 10:02 AM
Here is a link to the hospital journal update from Rod from last Friday.
His views and internal strength are good for my soul.
Ed

http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/rodanderson/journal/1

Scottie
03-01-2011, 10:08 AM
Here is my offer... I hope other brothers can follow suit as well..


Hello Sara,

My name is Scottie Johnson and my BBQ Team is cancersuckschicago.com. Iíd like to do something to help out friends from our BBQ World. I am not sure which way you would like to go with my offer? Iíve had a little luck in the BBQ World with my cooking skills over the years, as I was fortunate to win the World Championship a few years ago. My offer is this. Would it be better for me to offer (for auction) an opportunity for a winning bidder to cook with me at the Waterloo BBQ contest and learn my secrets or for me to just donate money to assist them? I will set a minimum price, which I will cover for the auction, to make sure that the prize generates some cash. My wife passed away from cancer in 2003, leaving myself and my 2 young girls that were not quite 2 and 5 years old when she left us. I know the importance of getting support during these tough times. While I canít say I know where the Andersonís are at, I have a real good grasp of where they are at. I currently have a annual BBQ class to raise money for cancer research (I have a 501 c(3) in my wifeís name) and last month was able to raise $25,000 for the cause. Usually we charge students $500 to attend the class. So the cost of the auction could go high, or you could just take my donation? I will do whatever you would like. I am not sure if you want to talk to Dawn or Rod, but will do whatever you all decide.

I also have my BBQ Teamís t-shirts that are quite popular out on the circuit. I had sent some to Rod and Dawn a couple of months ago. I would be willing to donate some of those for the auction as well. I generally sell them for $20 for my foundation, so these could also bring in some funds for the auction.

My heart just breaks for them. Having gone through this hell, I can relate. It is just tragic how cancer can just rip apart a loving family.

Please, anyway I can help, I will do my best to help out a brother. Do not be shy to ask for help and assistance. While it is hard to accept the offers that others try to give during these hard times, I know that they overwhelm you as a family. I do know it truly is much appreciated, even if not accepted.

Good luck with this event. I would like to say I will be able to make it, but just canít commit right now.

You are a good person for doing this for them.

All the best,

Scottie Johnson
Cancersuckschicago.com

ps I am more than willing to offer more private cooking lessons at BBQ comps. Not sure if they would be in Iowa, but if you feel that we can generate more cash, I am all for it.

slowerlowerbbq
03-01-2011, 12:53 PM
Does anyone know if there is a Paypal option for making donations?

smknwhlswife
03-01-2011, 01:10 PM
Smoke On Wheels will be donating marinades and we also hope to make it to the fundraiser.

cbagby64
03-01-2011, 06:40 PM
Rod has been one of my good friends since the day we met at our local cigar shop 5 years ago. He was the one that got me into comp BBQ and I feel so bad for Dawn, David, and their entire family. I have visited him everyday in the hospital since last Thursday and tonight was especially tough to see him. He is such a great guy and a great family man. Let me know what I can do in helping put together the function on the 19th.

Chris Bagby
Albino Rhino BBQ

ModelMaker
03-01-2011, 07:27 PM
Rod has been one of my good friends since the day we met at our local cigar shop 5 years ago. He was the one that got me into comp BBQ and I feel so bad for Dawn, David, and their entire family. I have visited him everyday in the hospital since last Thursday and tonight was especially tough to see him. He is such a great guy and a great family man. Let me know what I can do in helping put together the function on the 19th.

Chris Bagby
Albino Rhino BBQ


Thanks for the update Chris, maybe you could keep us informed every couple days. I know we are all interested and certainly don't want to bother Dawn.
Please keep them in your daily prayers.
Ed

ModelMaker
03-01-2011, 07:50 PM
Does anyone know if there is a Paypal option for making donations?


Anne from Iowa BBQ Society wanted me to post this for those of you wanting to donate money.

"wow - can you let the team that asked about paypal that right now, no, we are taking checks as far as I know. It can be made out to Rod Anderson Fundraiser and mailed to me at 8838 Meredith Dr. Urbandale 50322 and I will get it deposited in to his account @ Wells Fargo."

That would be.

Rod Anderson Fundraiser
attn: Anne Rehnstrom
8838 Meredith Dr.
Urbandale IA 50322

THANKS ALL.
Ed

stlgreg
03-01-2011, 09:28 PM
Hey guys Sara and I work together. I can check with her about paypal. Maybe she can make take the payments or check with Dawn if she has paypal account.

I can tell you she is working VERY hard on this. She told me today that someone donated a bottle of gentleman jack signed by five winners of the Jack!

cbagby64
03-02-2011, 06:51 AM
FYI-Dawn updated the blog last night.

http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/rodanderson/journal

stan
03-02-2011, 07:38 AM
In reading the update blog post this morning sending prayers of comfort for Rod and family. We have donated a contest entry to Smokin On Big Creek BBQ contest April 1 and 2. I hope that if other organizers see this they will too!

Jorge
03-02-2011, 08:40 AM
Hey guys Sara and I work together. I can check with her about paypal. Maybe she can make take the payments or check with Dawn if she has paypal account.

I can tell you she is working VERY hard on this. She told me today that someone donated a bottle of gentleman jack signed by five winners of the Jack!

Sara is doing a great job. We've talked, and exchanged several emails. She is clearly committed to doing everything possible to making this event as successful as possible. The folks from the IBS are no different. Since I live too far away to be able to do much to support Rod, Dawn, and David it's comforting to me to see how much others are doing for them.

They have my thanks, and I hope that others will take the time to thank them for everything they are doing for our mutual friends.

Scottie
03-02-2011, 09:17 AM
I can tell you she is working VERY hard on this. She told me today that someone donated a bottle of gentleman jack signed by five winners of the Jack!


I hope I can make the auction. I know who donated this, they won it at the banquet. Wish I had done one for myself when I did it. but I guess this will work out better in the long run...

big brother smoke
03-02-2011, 09:42 AM
I will be donating rubs for this auction. Do I just send them to the listed address for monetary donations?

Scottie
03-02-2011, 09:56 AM
I will be donating rubs for this auction. Do I just send them to the listed address for monetary donations?


I think this should be OK to post. I talked with Sara and this is where I am sending stuff..

Sara Anderson
7790 NW 16th ST
Ankeny, IA 50023

cbagby64
03-03-2011, 06:57 AM
I got a text from Dawn this morning that Rod left us early this morning. He's in a better place now and I'm sure is smoking a cigar, drinking some templeton rye, and prepping a brisket. Here is Dawn's post:



http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/rodanderson/journal

Scottie
03-03-2011, 07:16 AM
That just breaks my heart.

Cancer Sucks!

pat
03-03-2011, 07:22 AM
RIP Rod. Really sad to hear this today. Cancer Sucks!

monty3777
03-03-2011, 07:57 AM
For the first time in my life I have no words...

musicmanryann
03-03-2011, 08:21 AM
Rest in peace dear brother in smoke. A sad day indeed.

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine, warm upon your face,
May the rain fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

stan
03-03-2011, 08:32 AM
Rip!

big brother smoke
03-03-2011, 08:42 AM
Damn: RIP!

Jorge
03-03-2011, 08:51 AM
I will miss my friend, but take comfort in knowing that he's no longer in pain and in a better place. As difficult as this journey was for Rod, his family, and his friends I'm left with nothing but admiration for their courage and dignity and grateful for the friendship.

I really got to know Rod in 2009 in Des Moines. I'd gone up to help Todd Johns and Randy Hinck cater for the World Pork Expo and then cook a contest. Over three days we served over 2000 meals during the noon hour, and ended up being short handed. Our very own Modelmaker, was literally hit by a bus on his way to help! Buster Dog pulled in and parked behind us Thursday evening, and we were probably pretty spent. Rod and Dawn offered to give us a hand the next day, before they started their own contest prep. That's just the kind of people they are. Offering to help friends, before taking care of their own needs for that weekend. That was a huge relief, to just know that there was help there when we needed it.

Our friendship was probably established when we discussed a mutual experience, with a mutual friend. Rod and I had both been at the American Royal with Ray Lampe, in different years. Talking about that experience, and Ray cemented a common understanding that was based on honesty, calling it the way you see it, and no BS. Qualities that we saw in Ray, and each other. That's meant as a compliment Ray; Rod thought a lot of you as a person and a friend.

Until this morning I had three distinct memories of that week in Des Moines. Winning RGC with Todd, Randy, and Randy's family. Watching Big T'z win their first of many GCs and appreciating how much they enjoyed it and what it meant to them, and learning that my friends Andy and Kim Groneman had won their first GC on their own. Now it's going to be remembered as the weekend that Rod Anderson and I became friends.

Alexa RnQ
03-03-2011, 08:51 AM
It's always the ones you'd want to keep; it's always hardest on those left behind.
Rod's safe at Home, and I hold his family in thought.

Q-Dat
03-03-2011, 09:00 AM
Sad news to hear. I didn't know him, but my prayers are with his family.

Smokin' Joe
03-03-2011, 09:12 AM
Rest in peace my friend, you will be missed by many. My heart aches for his loved ones

getyourrubonbbq
03-03-2011, 09:12 AM
Prayers sent for the family and friends.

Sticks-n-chicks
03-03-2011, 09:21 AM
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends.

Jeff_in_KC
03-03-2011, 09:33 AM
It's always sad to hear someone has passed way younger than we think they should have but it's another thing altogether to experience that feeling from the viewpoint of being a friend. I'm glad I got to know Rod and his family last year. A good man and another Brethren has gone home. Prayers for Dawn and David - I can't even begin to imagine what they're going through. Cancer does indeed suck...

indianagriller
03-03-2011, 09:41 AM
Wow, I never had the opportunity to meet Rod, but he sounds like an amazing person and will truly be missed.

Plowboy
03-03-2011, 09:58 AM
To Rod's family and all of us who called him a friend...

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May His face shine on you and give you peace.

KC_Bobby
03-03-2011, 10:11 AM
When we think of Rod, our eyes will tear up but as time goes on we will smile and tell stories because he was a good husband, father and friend.

R2Egg2Q
03-03-2011, 10:14 AM
RIP Brother.

matthew burt
03-03-2011, 10:30 AM
Rest In Peace Rod! Our thoughts and prayers are with Dawn and David!

ModelMaker
03-03-2011, 10:52 AM
Julie and I are truly saddened at the untimely departure from this earth of our freind Rod. As a judge I could always know that I was welcomed in their camp to chat and learn more about BBQ life. As a competiter if you needed anything from advise to missing items he was always there for you. We did Waterloo next door to Buster Dog and had a fine time chit chatting and doing our chores together.
The best time I ever had at a comp cooking or judging was last year at Nevada.
Team Rod had just recently discovered the path that they were soon to travel together and Rod was not at his best. Non the less the BBQ gods and Dawns and Davids efforts garnered a GC and as word was shared team to team there was thunderous approval from everyone and not a dry eye was to be seen.
To Rod, I hope your after life is as it should be, and Dawn and David I only can hope the hole in your hearts and lives will be tempered by all the prayers and love offered by this BBQ family.
Ed

leanza
03-03-2011, 11:00 AM
Rest in peace Rod...

Rich Parker
03-03-2011, 11:50 AM
RIP Rod

slowerlowerbbq
03-03-2011, 11:59 AM
Wow! I didnt know Rod, but I've been following his story on here and was shocked to see this sad news so soon. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers to Rod's family.

Cancer SUCKS!!

watg?
03-03-2011, 12:44 PM
thoughts and prayers from street MD

Rookie'48
03-03-2011, 01:55 PM
Rest in peace Rod, and thank you for being my friend. My thoughts & prayers go out to Dawn & David at this heart-breaking time in their lives.

Smokin' Gnome BBQ
03-03-2011, 02:29 PM
prayers for his family and friends..

Rest in Peace!

from what you all have written, he must of been a class act!! remember him for the good times!