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Yellow for Friendship, Red for Love
GRUNDY CENTER, IA (CBS2/FOX28) If you go to ballrooms in Northern Iowa, chances are youve seen Jack Kew and Joyce Rublack.
Theyre hard to miss.
Theyve been dancing for more than 30 years and now theyre relationship and the determination to get back on the dance floor is helping them through a tough time, when the music is a little hard to hear.
Plato writes that music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the wind, flight to the imagination and life to everything. For Jack and Joyce, music gives a light at the end of the tunnel.
"I'm more of the ballroom and he just does his own thing, said Rublack.
Dancing tied Jack and Joyce together, just as acquaintances for about 30 years, until one night about a year ago.
"I asked him to save me a dance and he didn't let go of me the rest of the night, said Rublack.
But the music stopped in early November, when Jack got into a devastating car accident. It was so bad that people who saw his truck thought he must have died. He broke his femur in two places, needing a rod to fix it. He also fractured an ankle, broke four ribs and doctors had to re-inflate his lung.
Needless to say, dancing would have to wait.
"When it happened I was in so much pain that the last thing on my mind was dancing, said Kew.
But the medical bills werent.
Jack doesnt know what the final cost might be, but just the helicopter trip to the hospital was $12,000, before ever seeing a doctor.
But just like when Joyce has to make it work on the dance floor, shes finding a way to get by off of it. Thats where tomorrow nights benefit comes in, raising money for Jacks medical costs.
"The dance family is so closely knit and we take care of our own and that speaks volumes, said Rublack.
A community bonded by a love for dancing, coming together to cover the cost. As for the dance partners turned boyfriend and girlfriend, Jack had flowers sent to Joyces work, a small token of thanks.
"This is probability the sweetest most caring lady that you'll ever meet, said Jack.
The flowers had two colors, yellow for friendship and red for love.
Kew says he probably wont be able to do all the splits that hes known for, but as long as he can get back on the dance floor, hes happy. Unfortunately, it will probably be still a few months before he can put much weight on either leg and much longer before he can dance again.
The Jack Kew Benefit Dance will be held at the VFW in Mason City, IA. Doors open at 5 pm and free-will offerings are encouraged. Buck Hollow and the Memory Brothers will play.