When someone is hurting, what can we do to help that person? What if that someone is your neighbor, classmate, or friend? And what if he is your own son, an innocent child caught in the grip of an unknown malady, suffering, struggling to get through the day with numerous medical tests and prescriptions?
Michael Meissner knows how to help other people. Actually, it is in his job description, because he is a firefighter with the Iowa Park Fire Department. He also knows what pain is – he was injured while fighting a fire to save the lives and property of other people.
But Michael Meissner is not a man who is accustomed to asking for help. He thought that things would work out for his family; however, they haven’t so far. His little boy has been hurting, the medical bills keep piling up, and it feels overwhelming sometimes …
It was Michael’s Fire Chief, Randy Fulbright, who became determined to help his firefighter’s family and, finally, Michael agreed. Randy’s plan is to invite the entire Iowa Park community to a Spaghetti Benefit Dinner on October 26th in an attempt to raise funds to help Michael’s family.
Michael and Tami Meissner’s son, Rylee, has been battling numerous medical conditions, seeing many doctors and getting different treatments and medications for over six months. Every morning Rylee has to get up before dawn to be taken to get his breathing treatment, only after that can he go to school. Doctors have tried some little known new treatments on him, but the insurance company often rejects the claims, and the $300 the Meissners have to pay for their son’s weekly supply of prescriptions is way too much for the family of five – Rylee has two older siblings.
When asked how many people can be fed at the Spaghetti Dinner organized to benefit Rylee’s cause, Randy Fulbright just laughed: “I’ll cook enough for a thousand! If people don’t show up, we’ll have to eat spaghetti every day till Christmas”.
But we don’t want Chief Randy to eat all that spaghetti alone, do we?
We all can come and show our support to people who are ALWAYS there to help us. We all can come and eat a delicious dinner of spaghetti with a variety of homemade sauces, salad, and garlic bread for only $6 for adults and $4 for children. And most of us can leave some money in the donations box, because every dollar counts.
By the way, Randy Fulbright and his fellow firefighters are not alone in organizing the fundraiser – some local businesses stepped in; Bake Shop, Ken’s Pizza, and Pizza Hut have already offered their generous support. There are other businesses in town, and if more of them join the event, that will be great!
Mark the day!!!
When: October, 26th, 2013, from 5 pm to 8 pm.
Where: 111 W. Cash, Iowa Park, TX (Old Mulskinners building Downtown)
Come enjoy the dinner and show your support!