CRIDERSVILLE — It started out with flu-like symptoms. It progressed to an ever-present barrage of debilitating headaches. Nearly four years later, a Cridersville man and his wife are struggling to keep up with the costs for his care.
Help is on the way.
High school classmates from Wapakoneta High School’s Class of 1974 are coming to the aid of one of their own. A chicken barbecue dinner and corn hole tournament are planned for Saturday in Cridersville to help Robin Myers, 54.
“It’s really taken a toll on him,” said Bob Sawmiller, of Wapakoneta, and a classmate of Myers. “We just decided to get together and try to do something to help him and his family. One of us is sick and it’s bringing us all back together again.”
Myers’ wife, Tammy Myers, said her husband has seen countless doctors and specialists in the past three years and nine months to no avail.
“Every time he goes your hopes go up that things will get better and then he’s either the same or gets worse,” Tammy Myers said. “It’s just a roller coaster ride. The stress is unbelievable.”
It’s not just local classmates who are looking to make a difference. Classmates from as far away as Florida said they wanted to help, Sawmiller said.
“We had one classmate who said they really wanted to help but were too far away and couldn’t make it. They asked if they could buy some tickets and have the meals donated to local charities,” Sawmiller said. “That idea has really caught on. People have donated more than 150 meals that will be given to those less fortunate.”
Tammy Myers said she was astounded at people’s generosity and the idea to help even more people through the benefit.
“It makes me feel really good that we’re helping so many other people, too,” she said. “It’s a double blessing.”