Fundraising for Stoy
Dinner and Auction Information:
Date: June 6, 2012
Time: Dinner will be served from 5:30 – 7:00 PM
Menu: Grilled Chicken, Choice of Pasta, Alfredo or Marinara Sauce, Ceaser Salad, and Dessert
Location: NEWTECH Skills Center at 4141 N. Regal Street, Spokane, WA 99207
Come and check out the work of the students at the Skills Center!
Google Maps Link: http://g.co/maps/8p4m4
Ticket Cost: $15
Buy tickets via http://stoydabbs.eventbrite.com/
If you have items to donate to the silent auction, please contact Phoebe Duke
In addition to the cash donations and funds raised through the dinner and silent auction, Stoy is in need of a reliable vehicle with an automatic transmission. Since he doesn’t yet know if he will regain the full strength of his legs, he needs a vehicle he knows he can drive without assistance. If you know someone who has a vehicle they are interested in donating, please contact Ed Green. If it is all wheel drive, even better!
Stoy has volunteered in search and rescue for a great many years and is a mainstay for all ground and dive related calls. He is a member of Inland Northwest Search and Rescue, Spokane Winter Knights Search and Rescue, and the Sheriff’s Dive Team (formerly the Spokane Water Rescue Team.) He is a dedicated volunteer and is well known in the dive community in Spokane as well.
Last fall, Stoy was experiencing some difficulty bending over. After seeking treatment, he was diagnosed with cancer and a tumor was found on his spine, near his T3 vertabra. He went into surgery at the beginning of this year. When he came out of surgery, he was unable to move anything below his abdomen. He was essentially paralyzed from just below his chest.
After a short stay in the hospital, Stoy moved to St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute in Spokane to begin the long process of learning to move around in the world in a much more limited way. His demeanor and attitude throughout this process has been truly inspiring. While some may be resigned to such a life changing event, Stoy has had an incredibly bright outlook, seemingly seeing this as just the next challenge to conquer.
Stoy stopped by at a recent SAR Council meeting and showed us his progress. He can now move his legs! Albeit in a limited fashion. He lost a lot of strength and will be working to improve the strength and control in his lower body. Especially now that he knows that he will not be permanently paralyzed.
Stoy’s medical bills have also been mounting throughout this process. And since he was downsized out of his job just prior to learning about his cancer, he is now unemployed and uninsured as well. We need your help to help out one of our own. He is truly a volunteer’s volunteer and anything the SAR community and those who use our services can do to help will be much appreciated.
About Spokane SAR Council
The Spokane Search and Rescue Council is composed of 8 individual units that collectively make up the volunteer resources used by Spokane County Sheriff’s Office for search and rescue operations, as well as any emergency where we are needed by our community. We meet to coordinate training, policy, and discuss issues common to all units.