If you have ever followed Franklin happenings during the Franklin HUB existance, you may remember Franklin HUB writer, Mark Dudzik. Mark and his wife Denise have been my neighbors since 1999. They have two great kids, and Mark is an incredible dad. His contagious smile, easy going manor and friendly personality was one of the reasons I enjoy living my neighborhood. Mark currently works for the Burlington Standard Press /Waterford Post and Westine Report as a Reporter & Editor .
Given all this, I was not aware until I saw his wife and children this past Sunday for Trick or Treat that Mark had been participating in the annual Maywood Earth Ride on his bicycle on September 17th. During the ride, he was separated from other riders and was hit by a pickup truck while crossing the intersection of county Highway E and Garton Road in Sheboygan county. See JS-Online here.
Mark has been hospitalized with head trauma injuries since the accident and faces months of recovery and rehabilitation despite the generosity of friends and co-workers.
Next week Sunday, his co-workers are sponsoring a benefit for Mark and his family.
I know that many of the Alderman, Mayor Taylor and Former Mayor Fred Klimetz know Mark from his days with the Franklin HUB . I hope to see them there or on the list of donations.
If you wish to help, please feel free to send donations to:
Friends of Mark Dudzik Benefit
North Shore Bank – 116 S. Pine Street
Burlington, WI 53105