Lemont family hosts 'Walk With Andrew' fundraiser to help son walk again
LEMONT — In a fight to have their son walk again, the Podczerwinski family is holding a fundraiser next month.
Andrew Podczerwinski was at a lake with friends tubing and water-skiing when a storm unfolded June 29. He and a friend went to bring the tubes from outside so they wouldn't fly away when a tree collapsed on them — the friend suffered a fracture in his foot while Podczerwinski became paralyzed from his injuries.
The family's website, WalkWithAndrew.com, tells the story.
"Due to wrestling and lifting six out of seven days (a) week, I survived this accident," Andrew Podczerwinski wrote on his website. "My neurosurgeon told me that an average boy my age would've died from the impact."
The Walk With Andrew fundraiser will be held from 6 p.m. to midnight March 16 at Willowbrook Banquets, 8900 Archer Ave. Entertainment includes a band and disc jockey.
Tickets are $40 per person or $300 for 10 tickets. Ticket prices include buffet dinner, a sweets table and two free drinks.
The fundraiser will help fund his care as his needs currently surpass his medical coverage.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.walkwithandrew.com.
"We thank God that he spared Andrew's life," his parents, Edward and Renia, wrote on the site. "We believe Andrew will walk again. When this happens we will take Andrew to Bass Lake and find the exact spot in the field where he went down. He will lie there for a second, and then he'll get up on his own power and walk away to start a new life."
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