Blue Hill man able to walk at benefit

BLUE HILL — With more than 300 supporters cheering his steps, Rick Myers walked in the door of the Blue Hill Community Center here Friday evening to attend the fundraiser in his honor.

Myers was assisted by his father, Dale, on his memorable walk, returning to Blue Hill following a Feb. 24 motor vehicle crash that left him paralyzed from the neck down.

His mother, Pat, also attended the fundraiser. Pat has been battling breast cancer, and Myers said he shares her sense of determination and fighting spirit.

Myers, 42, was traveling to work early in the morning of Feb. 24 when he lost control of his vehicle, hit a bridge guardrail, then rolled and flipped the vehicle.

He was taken first to the Lexington hospital, then to Kearney for medical treatment. He was diagnosed with an incomplete injury to his spinal cord, which left open the door to his recovery.

Myers has been undergoing intensive physical therapy at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln, but soon will transfer to QLI, a facility in Omaha, to continue therapy in transitional care and work toward independent living.

His ultimate goal is to get back to his two young children and his home in Blue Hill.

The fundraiser was an effort to help with expenses and make his goal of returning to home possible. Donations still can be made at the South Central Bank in Blue Hill. Checks should be made out to any of the Blue Hill churches with “Rick Myers” in the memo.

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