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‘Taking care of our own’

Friends of Cody Schmidt, who was paralyzed in a car accident in February, are hosting a Mother’s Day brunch at The Daily Grind to help meet his medical expenses

May 3, 2012
By Steve Browne , Marshall Independent

MARSHALL - After a car accident near Cottonwood in February left Cody Schmidt paralyzed from the chest down, doctors told him he'd probably never walk again. Schmidt has some insurance, but better than that, he's got friends.

On Sunday, May 13, The Daily Grind is having a Mother's Day brunch to help cover some expenses beyond what the insurance covers.

Ripley Bresson works at The Daily Grind and has known Schmidt all her life. She came up with the idea of a benefit, and owner Roberta Wyatt got on board.

"We're doing a Mother's Day brunch raising money for past, present, and future expenses," Bresson said.

Expenses include special equipment, a wheelchair and cost of remodeling Cody's home to make it wheelchair accessible, Bresson said.

"We're doing this because we believe in taking care of our own," Wyatt said.

Schmidt is currently undergoing therapy at Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colo.

"I'm pretty busy here," Schmidt said. "Every day I've got physical and occupational therapy, wheelchair class, fitness class, educational classes, and electrical stimulation on my legs."

Schmidt said he expects to be home around the end of May. Next fall he said he hopes to go back to school at the Canby campus of Minnesota West Community and Technical College where he studies diesel technology.

Home for Schmidt is with Jerry and Lynn Girard, who he has lived with for seven years. Lynn Girard is currently with him in Colorado.

"He's doing well," Girard said. "I think it's really great of Ripley to help him out."

According to Wyatt, there will be two seatings for brunch, at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. There will be places for 36 people and some extra seating at the bar, so reservations are needed. There will be three courses, coffee and juice included. Cost is $20 per person and all profits go to Cody's Cause.

"And if you want to give your mother breakfast in bed, you can order ahead and pick it up," Wyatt said.

Customers can make reservations by calling The Daily Grind at 507-537-9565.

All employees are donating their services, including tips.



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