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Rick Teal Fundraiser at Redhook’s Woodinville Brewery

Redhook read an inspiring column by Steve Kelley of the Seattle Times this weekend and wanted to pass the story on.

Rick Teal has played softball for almost 40 years in and around Seattle’s Green Lake neighborhood. And even at 60 years old, he was still keeping up with teammates half his age.

Unfortunately, last July, Rick was bowled over by an opposing player while trying to make a tag at home plate. The impact broke several vertebrae in his neck and, in one instant, Rick’s arms and legs were paralyzed. Eleven months later, he’s confined to a wheelchair he powers with a tube mechanism by his mouth.

Photo by Steve Ringman/Seattle Times

Rick is far from giving up hope, though. With more time and exercise, Rick hopes he’ll eventually be able to use his arms to control his chair. All this physical therapy is costly, however. And insurance doesn’t cover the $100 round-trip transportation it takes to get him from his home to UW Medical center three times a week.

To help, Rick’s friends are hosting a fundraiser Sunday, June 5, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Redhook Brewery in Woodinville. The goal is to raise enough money so Rick can afford his own transport van. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $35 through email at pkloess@gmail.com. Tickets at the door are $50. There will also be a silent auction.

If you can’t come out, you can still help Rick by donating to the National Transplant Assistance Fund here. Click the link, enter Rick’s name and you’ll go to his page.

Thanks for reading. Your support would be much appreciated.

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