EASTON, Conn. -- Come out to be a part of Zach Olympics and Spa Night -- two fundraisers to support 17-year-old Easton resident Zach Standen, who was paralyzed from the waist down in a car accident on June 26.
Zach Olympics will be Sunday, Nov. 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Joel Barlow High School stadium, 100 Black Rock Turnpike, Redding.
Various sports teams from throughout Barlow will compete in outdoor events, and one winning team will compete against a group of teachers for the ultimate prize.
There will be concessions, T-shirts and other merchandise sold at the event.
All funds raised will help offset the monumental medical bills incurred from Zach's accident this summer, modification of his home to be handicap accessible and a vehicle to transport him in his wheelchair.
A second fundraiser for support Zach is a Spa Night on Nov. 18 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. at A Touch of Color, 194 Leavenworth Road, Shelton.
Spa services will include:
- Manicures, half-hour: $20
- Eyelash extensions, 1 hour: $150
- Mini facials, half-hour :$45
- Hair style at our new style boutique, half-hour: $20
- Makeup application, half-hour: $50
- Hair extensions, $10 per clip with many colors to chose
- Facial waxing, eye, lip and chin, 5 minutes each, $10
- Chair massages, $1 per minute, minimum of 15 minutes
- Spray tans
Appetizers, drinks and goodies will be served. There will also be a silent auction in the studio.
A Touch of Color is requesting donations to its raffle table. Consider a gift card donation, themed basket or anything that someone would love to win.
To RSVP, call 203-520-0310 or send an email email@example.com. A portion of the proceeds on the services will be going to the Standen family.
According to Zach's mother Christine Standen, Zach recently had another surgery to remove his inferior vena cava filter.
"The filter was put in place to catch blood clots from his legs that posed a threat of becoming a pulmonary embolism or emboli," she said. "This was a day surgery, but a surgery nonetheless. We were glad he was fine afterward, very sore, but OK. This was one less piece of hardware in his body and one less medication to take."
Zach has been going to Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford twice a week to train his body to be able to get into an eksosuit.
On Monday, he will be measured to adjust the suit to fit him and then the following week he will likely be put into the suit to "walk" for the first time in almost five months, Standen said.
The suit helps build neural pathways within the brain to help his brain and body remember what it was like to walk and to strengthen those connections in the hopes of him walking one day again, according to Standen.
"His family, girlfriend and girlfriend's family will be there to cheer him on and watch with pride and hope," Standen said.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Zach's family cover medical expenses as a result of the accident. To date, it has raised over $35,000 of its $50,000 goal.