Do you need a feel-good story right now? Could you use some warm fuzzies? Do you wonder (or even doubt) if Outdoor Adventures really gives away a truck of $20,000 every year?
Then keep reading.
On Thursday, February 16, we got to meet with the winners of our 2016 TRUCK or CASH promotion and award them their prize!
Meet… the Balkema Family.
This is Michelle, Jordan, and their four boys, talking with Outdoor Adventures Kalamazoo Resort manager Rob while waiting for the prize presentation.
As you can imagine, it’s hard to believe when someone tells you that you won, not just anything, but that you get to choose between a brand new truck and $20,000. When Michelle realized her family had won, she didn’t quite believe it. And she cried. And she made us cry. The Balkemas easily made the decision to take the cash. And they are the family that you are happy to see such a big prize go to. For the Balkemas, this prize will make an immediate and big impact.
This is Michelle telling us about their primary plan for the winnings: to pay for long-awaited medical treatment that hasn’t been in the budget.
This is something they’ve waited a long time to be able to do. This is something Michelle’s grandma has wanted for her for many years. Michelle’s grandma recently passed away, and it sure feels like she had a hand in the Balkemas winning this prize.
Just look at the way Michelle and Jordan look at each other. Their love for each other and their relief at their big win was palpable.
Their boys, ranging in age from two to 15, are just fantastic kids. Logan kept asking “Can I get a quad?” (like, asked about 50 times in an hour), Phoenyx was patiently waiting to head to the bank afterward (you know, to take THE check to the bank!) so he could get a sucker (or two, since it was a special day), Ryder showed off his master-level Rubik’s Cube skills, and Skyler was the most polite teenage boy you’ll ever meet.
They were already a happy, loving family.
Now they are a happy, loving family with some great new plans!
We got the chance to ask the Balkemas a few questions about their experience. Check out what they had to say!
Q: Where did you sign up for this truck or cash promotion?
A: At the Kalamazoo Speedway
Q: Why did you sign up?
A: Why not? I didn’t think we’d actually win anything but figured it didn’t hurt to fill out the form.
Q: Have you ever won anything before?
A: A six-pack of Cherry 7-UP
Q: What does this mean to you?
A: A ton. Everything. I can get the medical procedure done. Jordan can now join the boys and I to go to see my family in Texas this spring, for the first time ever. Our family can now go to our other reunion in North Dakota, where we haven’t been in years. We wouldn’t be able to do these things without this money.
CONGRATS again to the Balkema family!
Now go find one of those entry forms and fill it out. Maybe it’ll be your turn next to choose… TRUCK or CASH?!