Saturday fundraiser nets nearly $7,000 for Brady man

The local community stepped up in grand fashion Saturday in support of a Brady man trying desperately to get back on his feet’literally. In the second fundraiser of its kind, the sale included everything from Krispy Kreme doughnuts to barbecue plates and baked goods to donated garage sale items. The event generated just under $7,000 for Micheal Thomas who suffered severe spinal cord injuries as a result of a fall last June. According to Thomas’ sister, Tammy West, the turnout Saturday was “awesome.” “We had people come up and hand us checks for $20 and even had one man give him $1,000,” she said. “We also got a donation from Loadcraft for $1,000. It was amazing to see the support from the community. In addition, an employee with Sonic brought free drinks for everyone who volunteered their time helping throughout the 10-hour fundraiser. “We were there from 6 a.m. until 4 p.m.,” Mrs. West added. “We left sunburned and wind chapped, but it was all worth it. Of the 300 dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts purchased, all but five sold Saturday. Also, the group sold 75 plates of barbecue in addition to numerous donated baked goods and garage sale items. The money raised from the fundraiser will benefit Thomas’ return trip to Project Walk in California for physical therapy. He spent two weeks there in January but hopes to return this summer for continued treatment. “We knew he couldn’t get any financial assistance with this, so we were depending solely on what we could do for him,” said Mrs. West. He has made some great progress, and a video of his first stay at Project Walk may be seen at www.projectwalk.org.” An account is still in place at Commercial National Bank in Brady for those who would like to make a monetary donation to help offset the cost of Thomas’ recovery expenses.

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