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Longtime Cottage Grove police Sgt. Greg Brysky was diagnosed with brain cancer earlier this year. As he continues his battle, the police department is hosting a benefit. (Submitted photo)

Benefit planned for ill Cottage Grove police sergeant

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News of longtime police Sgt. Greg Brysky’s sudden diagnosis of brain cancer shocked and saddened both his family and the Cottage Grove Police Department.

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Brysky, a 25-year veteran of the Cottage Grove police force, experienced a loss of balance while at home in July. At the suggestion of a fellow police officer, who is also a paramedic, Brysky went to a doctor.

After several follow-up visits to the Mayo Clinic, Brysky learned he had two inoperable brain tumors. The stage four glioblastoma diagnosis required him to undergo intensive chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

The illness forced Brysky to resign from the police department last week.

In an effort to show that ‘No one fights alone’ and provide financial assistance to his family, the department has partnered with various community sponsors to host an upcoming benefit.

The event, scheduled for 4-10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at the VFW Red Barn in Cottage Grove, includes food, music and an opportunity to donate money to the Brysky family. Randy Meier, from Fox 9 News, will host the event, which features a performance by Lost Highway, an upper Midwest country band. Rural Routes, a country band from New Richmond, Wis., is also on the bill.

A silent auction will also take place and event planners are selling T-shirts for $20.

Tickets to the event include a catered meal of two pieces of chicken by Tinucci’s Restaurant and two beverages.

Pre-sale tickets are available online for $15, or $20 at the door, for adults, and $5 for children 10 years and younger.

Brysky is a St. Paul native and is a 1979 Humboldt High School graduate. He and his wife, Lisa, married in 1985 and they have two children, Jessica, 21, and Joe, 19.

For more information about the event or to purchase tickets, visit the benefit website http://www.bryskybenefit.com.

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Emily Buss
Emily Buss joined the South Washington County Bulletin in February 2013. She covers local government in Cottage Grove, St. Paul Park and Newport, along with other general assignment reporting. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communications from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
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