LIMA — One of the nicest people I’ve ever met. An individual who would do anything for anyone. To know him is to love him. All these are ways family and friends have described Mike Schaefer, 40, who suffered severe trauma to his spinal cord and lungs after falling from a ladder July 7.
Schaefer has three young daughters, Bronwyn, 5, Gwendolyn, 3, and Oakley, 1, and a wife who has remained by his side, Amber.
He is at Ohio State Medical Center where he has undergone many medical procedures, including surgery to reconstruct his spine and a lumbar puncture. He is on a ventilator and is paralyzed from his chest down. He can move his arms and upper body, but not much.
His current employer is Husky Energy in Lima.
One of the three organizers of the event, David Kesner, who is Mike Schaefer’s brother-in-law, said the family is taking his recovery day by day. He was able to remain off the ventilator for 24 hours this week, which was a small victory for the family, Kesner said.
“He was able to come outside and yesterday he was off the ventilator for 24 hours,” Kesner said. “That’s the first time he’s been off the vent.”
So Mike Schaefer’s family wanted to find a way to help and they are doing exactly that on Aug. 26. They are holding a spaghetti dinner and silent auction from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Lima Knights of Columbus at 810 S. Cable Road.
“There’s a lot of expenses with the traveling and with the girls. His wife, Amber, has stayed by his side pretty much the entire time,” Kesner said.
All proceeds from the event will go directly to his family to offset the costs of the medical expenses and travel costs, he said.
“We will have a silent auction items, bake sale, live auction, a ton of raffle items available, along with some live music,” Kesner said.
The cost of the dinner is $8 a plate, which includes spaghetti, bread, salad and a drink. Cash contributions can be made at Lima Superior Federal Credit Union.
“One of the ladies from his church that I’ve never met before was down visiting him the Sunday after the accident and something she said really struck a chord with me,” Kesner said. “She said, ‘If you know Mikey, you love Mike.’ And she was right. That’s exactly right.”