Medina Journal-Register — Bob White was working on Dec. 7, 2011, when an accident sent him down a long road to recovery that has included many barriers along the way.
His family and friends are hosting a fundraiser April 6 to help purchase a conversion van with a wheelchair lift to make it easier for him to get to the myriad of appointments and simply go for a ride.
On Dec. 7, 2011 Bob was on a scaffold being held by two ladders when one ladder broke, causing Bob to fall nearly 25 feet onto blacktop, where he landed on his neck and back.
He was taken by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center, where after several tests, X-rays, and scans, the surgeon said that he would never walk again. White had surgery the next morning and remained in the intensive care trauma unit for four weeks. Along with a plate and rods on both sides of his spine, his back is now permanently rigid. White was finally allowed to leave the hospital on My 15 and return home.
However, on Aug. 13 White was taken by helicopter back to ECMC after suffering five grand mal seizures. He was released on August 17 but, his recovery took a backward turn.
Bob is paralyzed from his diaphragm down and requires repositioning every two hours. He has no use of his right arm and very limited use of his left arm, with no finger grip. He cannot hold a glass to drink or a spoon to eat and requires 24-hour care. He is in constant pain in the areas of his body where he still has feeling.
White has many doctor, occupational therapy and physical therapy appointments and the van — with a wheelchair lift to accommodate at least 600 lbs. — will make it easier for him to get around.
The fund raiser will be at the Ridgeway Fire Hall, corner of Route 104 and Horan Road, Medina, from 1-5 p.m. It includes a spaghetti dinner, 50/50 raffle, basket raffle, a special raffle for high-end items such as: two 42 inch LCD/HD TV’s, bassinet loaded with baby items, artist’ print, GPS golf finder, signed football & mini helmets by Buffalo Bills, and more, door prize, and live music by the “Good Ol Boys.”
The doors will open at 1 p.m.. with the spaghetti dinner served from 2-5 p.m. The basket raffle drawing starts at 5 p.m.
Monetary donations, gift certificates, baskets and large items for his fund raising event are still sought. For more information, contact Don or Marie White at 585-798-4163.