Thousands of dollars raised for Rapid City man with rare blood disease

RAPID CITY, S.D. — A Rapid City man is in Minnesota receiving treatment for a rare disease, but back home his family and work family hosted a fundraiser in his honor Tuesday.

Pennington County Reserve Deputy Joe Prouty was diagnosed with a rare and life-threatening blood disease last year called Atypical Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome. He’s been receiving treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. In recent days, Prouty has been admitted to the intensive care unit.

His family says the drug used in his treatment is very expensive; “one of the most expensive drugs in the world.” The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office came together Tuesday to host a spaghetti lunch to raise money for the growing medical expenses.

“We are a big family here,” said Carmen Visan, deputy with the PCSO. “We all work together. Joe has been with us for quite some time and we’re hoping to give him a hand.”

The fundraiser — bringing in over $6,300 for the Prouty family.

“It’s amazing to see all these people that I don’t know come and donate all this money for my dad,” said Matthew Prouty. “It’s just so great to see this many people care about my family.”

A GoFundMe page has been set up for his family and updates continue to be posted.

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