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Sept. 17 benefit will help Farmington woman

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Celeste Ask woke up feeling sick on June 6, but she couldn't get in to see the doctor until the following day. So the Farmington woman decided to go to work.

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She wasn't there long, though. A few hours into her day she went to her boss and said she didn't feel well. Then she went back to her desk and collapsed out of her chair.

Ask had suffered a massive stroke. The right side of her body was paralyzed, and at first doctors weren't sure just how well she would recover.

"Thank goodness she was at work that morning, because the outcome otherwise probably would not have been good," said Sally Olsen.

Ask, 33, works for Olsen's husband as a closing manager for a mortgage company in Eagan. She has two sons, ages 4 and 8, and is active in the Farmington baseball program.

Olsen's daughter is one of Ask's close friends. Olsen said she tried to be a second mother for Ask when Ask's own mother could not be by her side in the hospital.

Ask's recovery has been slow. She has regained some mobility on her right side. She's returned home and is doing outpatient therapy three days a week.

"It's been a slow process, but she's definitely doing a lot better than she was," Olsen said. "She has far exceeded any idea the doctors had for her recovery at one point. I think it's only going to get better and better."

Now Olsen and other friends are putting together a benefit to help cover some of Ask's medical expenses.

The benefit will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Rosemount VFW. There will be a pig roast and live music from the band Blackwater Alley. There will be a raffle and a silent auction and the Minnesota Vikings cheerleaders will attend from 7 to 8.

Olsen said it's been amazing to watch Ask's progress.

"She is probably one of the most motivated young ladies I've ever met," she said. "She has an outstanding, upbeat outlook on life. For what's happened, she is amazing."

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Nathan Hansen
Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.
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