HOLSTEIN - Grant Stracke, the 10-year-old brother of Galva-Holstein teacher Emily Stracke, had an appendectomy performed over the Labor Day weekend this year and his aorta was severely severed.
Grant was taken to Children's Hospital in Omaha where his family was told it was unlikely he would survive and if he did, he would most likely be severely brain damaged.
Grant made it through the night in Omaha, but had to be life-flighted to Iowa City, where he spent several precarious weeks struggling against enormous odds. He made it through his weeks in Iowa City, though, and was then transferred to a rehab center in Johnston, where he had to learn to walk again.. Grant still has a long road ahead of him, but he is making tremendous progress, and his family considers him "a miracle."
The Galva-Holstein Student Senate is sponsoring a baked potato bar "with all the trimmings," drink, and a dessert bar in the Commons at the Ridge View High School in Holstein from 4;30 p.m.-6 p.m. this Saturday, December 10th, the evening of the Cherokee - Ridge View basketball games in the Holstein gym, and all proceeds from the free-will offering will go to Grant and his family to help pay expenses for his recovery.
There is a chance that Grant himself may actually be attending the benefit.