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Hundreds turn out for Deegan’s Drive for Donors

Hundreds of motorcyclists and a handful of classic car owners took part in “Deegan’s Drive for Donors” that pulled out of Marty Sunday, Aug. 18, at noon and headed to Manannah.

The road was filled with horse power and the air with noise as the bikes and muscle cars sent a message to heaven for a little boy named Deegan who was diagnosed with a brain malformation shortly before his second birthday. Deegan P. Johnson-Pramann died at only 22-months old, but his organs were donated so that others could live.


The participants returned a couple hours later to the Pearl Lake Lodge to raise money for Deegan, the son of Bailey Johnson and Josh Pramann.

Among the participants were Virgil and Lavonne Truenow, both Kimball High School grads and friends of the family.

They wanted to be there to show their support for the family of the boy who died at such an early age, said Virgil Truenow who is an organ donor himself.

The Truenows rode in their classic car, but most of the participants were on their bikes, which headed through the Central Minnesota countryside on a sun-filled and peaceful Sunday. The procession stretched for miles and turned heads as it went through the small towns of St. Nicholas and Eden Valley before
W-TCN-bikersarriving at Manannah.

Tom “Rudy” Ruether, owner of the Pearl Lake Lodge rode his Harley in the event.

“It was an amazing day. It was quite a sight seeing 250-plus bikes and vintage cars riding down the road single file all in honor of Deegan,” Ruether said.

Ruether thanked the volunteers “who worked hard to pull this all together.”

Ruether said approximately $9,000 was raised in honor of Deegan, a little boy who keeps on giving.

W-TCN-VirgilPhoto on right: Hundreds turned out on the beautiful Sunday, Aug. 18, to participate in “Deegan’s Drive for Donors” from Marty (Pearl Lake) to Manannah and back. Deegan Johnson-Pramann died at the age of 22 months, but his organs were donated to save other lives. The ride was to raise funds in honor of Deegan and to promote organ donation.


At left, Virgil and LaVonne Truenow with their classic car.



At right, Rudy Ruether on his motorcycle. All were welcome regardless of their transportation. Staff photos by Mike Nistler.