(Published Dec. 18, 2007, 10:30 a.m.)
Through his years volunteering on the Walworth County Fair board, his church and community groups, Bob Handel has become known as someone willing to do his part in the community.
Now, the community has a chance to come to Handel's aid.
Handel suffered from a rare spinal blood clot in October, and friends have organized Bob's Benefit to help Handel and his family with mounting expenses.
The benefit will be held Friday, Dec. 21 from 5-9 p.m. at the Monte Carlo Room in Elkhorn. A buffet dinner will be served accompanied by entertainment, raffles and a silent auction.
A goodwill offering will be available in lieu of selling tickets.
Handel was working from his office as an AXA Advisors financial consultant Oct. 12 when he started having severe pains in his lower back and abdomen.
He drove himself to the emergency room, walked into the hospital and collapsed, losing feeling and use of his legs.
The next morning, Bob was diagnosed with a rare spinal blood clot which required immediate surgery.
Recovery from the surgery has been slow, but progress continues at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.
"The Handel family has been blessed by the outpouring of support from throughout the Elkhorn community," daughter Megan Paddock was quoted as saying in a news release.
"It truly has been amazing to have my dad be lifted up through prayer, visits, phone calls, cards and assisting with tasks at home.
"We know it is going to be a long road, but Mom and Dad are so encouraged to know that they are not alone on this challenging journey," she said.
Handel and his wife Mary Lee have been residents of Elkhorn for over 30 years, raising their four children, Melissa, Julie, Megan and Rob, in the school district.
He is an active member of St. Patrick's Church and the Rotary Club of Elkhorn. He also has dedicated countless hours as vice president of the Walworth County Fair Board, chairing the meat animal sale and impacted the Elkhorn Area School District as past Booster Club president.
Silent auction items can be dropped off at the Walworth County Fair Office, 411 E. Court St. Elkhorn. For more information on the event or how you can help support Bob Handel, check out his recovery Web site: www.bobhandel.com.
What: Bob's Benefit for Bob Handel
Where: Monte Carlo Room, Elkhorn
When: Friday, Dec. 21, 5-9 p.m.
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