In February teenager Jacob Marion was struck by a train and critically injured.
Since May, Jacob, who was a freshman at Wyandotte Roosevelt at the time, has been out of the hospital and living at home with his mother, Monica Marion.
The injuries he suffered in February included: severe head trauma, two broken vertebrae in his neck, a punctured lung, a lacerated liver, a fractured pelvis and the loss of his right hand. Currently, those injuries still keeping him from speaking or lifting his head by himself, said his sister Nicole Lyons, and he is still forced to have a feeding tube inside his body.
The home has been altered to accommodate for Jacob’s wheelchair, with such changes as a ramp outside the house, but the currently unemployed Monica still needs a handicap-accessible vehicle to be able to transport her son.
Family friend Sarah Bozzo found out and decided to help by organizing a fundraiser.
She was able to convince her employer, Secure-24, to sponsor a bowling fundraiser, which will take place this Saturday afternoon at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, with the proceeds going to the Marion family.
She said the Southfield-based IT company has its own charity team, which helps with many such events in metropolitan Detroit.
After Jacob’s accident, the community of Wyandotte rallied around him and his family. People organized fundraisers, donated supplies and offered to do work free to help get the house ready for Jacob to live in.
Bozzo, who lives in Southgate, said that involving her company with this bowling fundraiser helps make more people aware of Jacob and the help the family needs.
“Because we’ve asked the people in the Wyandotte community for so many different fundraisers and donations, I figured if I bring it out to new people, maybe we would get more donations,” Bozzo said.
The bowling fundraiser is from 1 to 3 p.m. this Saturday at Thunderbowl Lanes, which is located at 4200 Allen Rd in Allen Park. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at either Speedboat Bar and Grill or Roosevelt High School. Included with the ticket are three games of bowling, bowling shoes, pop and pizza. There will also be a 50/50 raffle during the afternoon.