Fundraiser planned for Elkhorn youth

By Donna Lenz Wright/The Week

(Published August 30, 2006, 11:08 a.m.)

Cody Murphy, 8, of Elkhorn, was severely burned over 40 percent of his body Aug. 17 in a home accident.

Cody's brother, Sean, 14, was able to extinguish the fire from his clothes and save Cody's life, said his mother, Sandra.

"Sean is very much our hero."

Cody was flown to Children's Hospital in Milwaukee where he's had several skin-grafting surgeries with more planned.

"The doctors said that things are happening, but it's going to be a marathon, not a sprint," Sandra said.

Cody sustained third-degree burns to his arms, neck, chest, stomach and back.

"But he's hanging in there," she said.

About 250,000 children are burned each year with about 15,000 children needing hospitalization, according to the American Burn Association.

The whole Murphy family, including Cody's father, Patrick, are overwhelmed with the outpouring of community support they have received in the form of notes, telephone messages and prayers.

"It's an amazing feeling to know how much people think of you and your family and want to help," Sandra said. "You just don't realize how much help you really need. I appreciate it so much.

"I'll never forget what kind of people we have here. We a great community."

A benefit and fund-raiser for medical expenses have been established.

The benefit is set for Sept. 6 at the Cactus Club, 430 Broad St., Lake Geneva, 5-8 p.m.

There will be an all-you-can-eat chicken buffet, raffles and a silent auction. Tickets are $8 and are available at the Cactus Club, M&I Bank of Delavan, M&I Bank of Lake Geneva, Christ Episcopal Church, 503 E. Walworth Ave., Delavan and Delavan United Methodist Church, 213 S. Second St., Delavan. Donations are also being accepted for raffle and auction items with Roberta Karstetter at Christ Episcopal Church.

The Benefit for Cody Murphy Fund has been established and donations are greatly appreciated and can be made at either M&I Bank location payable to Sandra Murphy with Benefit for Cody Murphy entered in the memo line.

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