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Benefit brunch and auction

Monday, October 16, 2006

Chris Williams while in hospital. Photo submitted.
On Sept. 9, 13-year-old Chris Williams of Cherokee was at a friend's farm, working with horses, when he was knocked down by several horses, one of which stepped on the left side of his head, just in front of the speech center of his brain. The accident caused several difficulties for the youngster, including speech , balance, and right side weakness.

Chris was hospitalized until Oct. 1, and the family then moved to a home in Aurelia, due to Chris' problems- their home in Cherokee had steps His condition has improved, especially his speech, but he does continue to have some problems with balance, and climbing stairs. At this point, he requires 24 hour care because of a fear that he will fall, and suffer another head trauma. He has also had some seizures, and is on medication to control that.

Chris is one of three children in his family. A brother, Shawn, is a freshman at the Aurelia High School, and a sister, Amber, is in the sixth grade. Due to his condition, Chris is not yet attending school , and is feeling rather frustrated by his "confinement" to the house, as would any active 13-year-old boy.

Since his accident, the staff and fellow students at the Cherokee Middle School have been very supportive, sending e-mails and visiting, and the family is very appreciative of all the support.

Family friend Hattie Mackowski, with the assistance of a group from Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee, has arranged for some fund-raising activities to help the family with expenses incurred since Chris' accident.

On Sunday, Oct. 15, there will be a sausage and pancake brunch at the Cherokee Community Center, from 10:30 - 11 a.m. The cost for the brunch is only $3, with no charge for children five and under. Following the brunch, twenty homemade pies will be auctioned off , beginning at 11:30. This will be followed by an auction of merchandise donated by local merchants. All of the proceeds from the day will go to help with medical expenses.

Cash donations are also welcome, and may be sent to the "Christian Williams Benefit " at the North Star Community Credit Union in Cherokee.

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