Benefit to be Held for Grand Lake Firefighter Battling Cancer

Brandon Weathers
Updated: August 19, 2019 05:42 PM

Glen Solem is known as a hero in the Grand Lake community where he has served as a volunteer firefighter for 11 years. His son Brandon has served with him for the last 3.


Brandon said, "You can't even put a number to how many calls he's been on, how many houses he's saved, how many people he's saved from car accidents, medicals, you name it, he's kind of done it."

Lately, Glen has had to put his service on pause. He was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in November of 2018. “From there it was just a whole different lifestyle," Brandon said, "It was going to appointments, wondering what’s going to happen, uncertainty constantly.”

Since then, Glen has made it through the first round of chemotherapy and several unexpected medical problems, never losing that fighting spirit.

"That's what really inspires me is he's waking up every day choosing to go to the appointments, choosing to do this battle, and knowing that he's going to win," Brandon said.

Now Glen is on his second round of chemotherapy, and with his family and the Fire Department behind him, it isn't a battle Glen is fighting alone.

Brandon said, "You do have a new appreciation for everything. You do realize how much that person means to you and then how much you're willing to fight for them, because I'm willing to do anything for my dad."

Glen's family is asking for any kind of help. They are working with the Grand Lake Fire Department to hold a benefit and silent auction for Glen on Saturday, September 14th, at Cast Iron Bar and Grill in Duluth.

"Whether it's cash donation, item donation, or just a prayer, support, whatever it may be, we'll take all of the support we can really get," Brandon said.

Brandon will be making a sponsor banner to honor anyone who donates by September 6th. You can donate here. To donate an item for the silent auction, contact Brandon at or (218) 590-2414.


Brandon Weathers

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