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Benefit scheduled for family of man injured at work

— A benefit to help the family of a local man injured at work will take place Dec. 1 in Keeseville.

The benefit, organized by Debbie Blaise, will help her mother, Janelle Spooner, with travel expenses to see her husband, Mark, who is currently in a Michigan rehabilitation center after an accident while working as a delivery driver for Denton Publications that happened in Rutland, Vt.

“She has to work in Keeseville and then she flies out to see him in Michigan,” Blaise said.

Blaise said that her father was on a delivery in Rutland when a pallet started to fall toward his truck. Spooner attempted to catch the pallet but fell, causing severe injury to his spine. He was treated at Rutland Regional Medical Center and Fletcher Allen before being transferred first to the University of Michigan Spinal Injuries Rehab center and then to another center as he progressed.

“They are optimistic but not guaranteeing anything,” Blaise said. “They are hoping to get the upper body working, but they are not going to guarantee walking. Everything so far has been coming back and he is feeling things, so they are hopeful.”

The event will begin with a dart tournament at the VFW Hall in Keeseville, with registration at noon and play beginning at 1 p.m. There will be a meal at 2 p.m. with Michigans, chips, soda and dessert for $6. There will also be a 50/50 and other raffles along with auctions.

Businesses interested in donating items for the auctions and raffles and those interested in making a donation can contact Blaise at 834-7643 for information.

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