“Rally for Kole” keeps growing

Marlo Pronovost
Thursday, November 8, 2018

Photo courtesy of the Colorado Eagles

Photo courtesy of the Colorado Eagles

SCN photo by Mikaela Koski

The outpouring of support for 10-year-old Columbus boy Kolemen Gairrett has not stopped at home.

After undergoing his first round of radiation at the UCHealth Cancer Center in Fort Collins, Colo., on Halloween, Kolemen got a special surprise. Four Colorado an Eagle professional hockey players stopped by the hospital with a trophy filled with candy, game tickets for the entire family and other special treats.

The entire family — mom Lindy, dad Paul and sisters Natalie and Kinsely — used those tickets this past weekend at Eagle’s home game, during which Koleman got to visit the players in the locker room.


According to Kolemen’s Courage Facebook page, the Columbus fifth-grader is battling his second round of a reoccurring brain tumor. The seven started seven weeks of radiation will be followed with chemotherapy. Kolemen underwent surgery in September to remove the tumor. Kolemen is known for his smile and his love of baseball, and was a member of this past summer’s 8-10 year-old Montana Champions baseball team.


Beartooth Beanery owner Heather Meier donated all tips and 40 percent of the beanery’s total income last Friday, Nov. 2, to the Gairrett family for a Christmas getaway vacation following Kole’s treatment.

Forty-five pounds of espresso, 18 gallons of milk, 320 “Rally for Kolemen” stickers and the strong response from the community (near and far) ended with $1,825.

“Another job well done Stillwater County. We love and thank you all!” Meier posted on the beanery’s Facebook page.


Engineering West in Columbus is also stepping forward to lend some financial help to the Gairrett family by matching donations up to $5,000 to an account established at Yellowstone Bank.

“We would like to challenge all individuals to help out this family as well as other businesses in our community,” the company posted on Facebook.

The money will be used for travel and medical expenses. Kolemen will begin chemotherapy after after the first of the new year. Kolemen’s parents are both self-employed and Kolemen will be in Colorado for a total of seven weeks. Lindy is in Colorado with Kolemen throughout his treatment and his dad and sisters make the trip to join them as often as possible.


The Columbus Elementary School teachers have assembled several gift baskets that are being raffled off at the school. Tickets can be purchased at the elementary school. There is also a bingo night fundraiser at the 307 Bar & Grill on Nov. 17, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., that will benefit Kolemen and two other locals.