Grand Lake: Benefit to buy accessible van for shooting victim
March 5, 2009
The good news ” by mid-March, David (North) Dalgarn will be released from Craig Hospital in Denver.
The difficult news ” the 23-year-old quadriplegic has a long way to go during his recovery from a shooting incident last October in Tabernash. That is why several friends and Grand County residents have pulled together for a benefit concert event in his honor.
One of the bullets hit between the c6 and c7 vertebrae on his spine, fragmenting the c5 and causing permanent paralysis from the chest down. He has limited movement in his arms, even more limitation in his hands, and has been doing physical therapy at Craig Hospital since the beginning of December.
Therapy is helping him develop strength. He also participates in occupational therapy to help him get his independence back. Brother-in-law Cody Measom said Dalgarn has definitely gotten a lot stronger.
“He is doing phenomenal,” reports his mother, Dawn North. “He is the strongest person I have ever known in my life.”
Part of that strength most likely comes from his mom, who began training to become a Certified Nurse’s Assistant. Hours she spends with Dalgarn in rehabilitation count toward the certification.
Wanting to be by her son’s side in Denver, Dawn North has been unable to bring in any income. Since then, the family home has been lost, as well as most of their possessions. Dalgarn’s therapies will continue once he is released March 12, when North and Dalgarn will move to Greeley.
He’ll receive daily care and see a personal therapist about once every six months, Measom said. North said Dalgarn is also a potential candidate for a fairly new surgery called a tendon transfer. After a year in rehabilitation, doctors consider moving tendons from Dalgarn’s elbow to his wrist.
The main reason for the benefit Saturday, Measom explained, is to get Dalgarn a wheelchair-accessible van. Estimated cost is around $13,000 for a used vehicle to just under $50,000 for a new one.
The evening, sponsored by the Grand County Center 4 Excellence, includes a silent auction and live music. Entertainment will be provided by a variety of musicians to include Peggy Mann, Simon Nicol, Fat Amber, Bradley Ratchford and The Salty Dawgs, Kremmling band Payne Vendor, and the Peaceful Peaches of Boulder. Many of them are friends of Dalgarn, who will be in attendance to enjoy the company and entertainment.
Top auction items include four pairs of front-row Avalanche tickets, a Gibson acoustic guitar, and a full-suspension mountain bike. Besides a donation at the door, other contributions are welcome and a savings account is set up at Grand Mountain Bank under the Dalgarn Family Trust.