Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Rusty Pickle Fundraiser for Utah Family

Tracy Armstrong lies in a bed at Utah Valley Medical Center bullet holes in his wrecked body, paralyzed from the armpits down with the use of only his left arm. Just after sunset on Friday, August 3rd, Armstrong was about to show a Las Vegas family to their room at the Blue Springs Lodge, nestled in the mountains at Panguitch Lake, 200 miles south of Provo near Brian Head ski resort. Jason Hines enter the office of the lodge and pulled out a .38-caliber handgun and started shooting 4 rounds point blank at Tracy. There was not a confrontation between Armstrong and Hines before he shot him in this random act of violence that has changed a family's life forever. Armstrong was taken to Garfield Memorial Hospital and later airlifted to Utah Valley Hospital where he is in stable condition.

Tracy is the father and the sole supporter of a family of 11. The family has kids ranging in ages from 3-22 and one son serving a full time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The family's $10,000 insurance deductible is only one of many new burdens. In addition to the insurmountable medical bills, there is a list of specialized equipment the family will need in order to bring Tracy home - just to name a few : specialized wheel chairs, a special van with a wheelchair lift, a special hoist that will lift Tracy out of his wheelchair and transisition him from one place to another and the complete remodeling of their home to make it handicap accessible so Tracy will have somewhere to go once he is discharged. He will be in rehab at UVRMC, 200 miles away from his Panguitch home for an unknown period of time.

Ever since we were made aware of their heart-breaking ordeal, we've thought long and hard about what we could do to help. It is for this reason that we have decided to host a fundraiser for Tracey & Lynn's family in hopes of relieving some of their financial burden so that they can focus on what's most important- Tracey's recovery and bringing their family back together. With the help of Rusty Pickle, Lasting Impressions & Zions Bank, we are hoping to raise $20,000 for the Armstrong Family. Please join us and show your support. Rusty Pickle is doing a fundraiser for Tracey Armstrong. You can check out his progress on his blog here. Rusty Pickle has set up a blog telling about their scrapbooking workshops they will be holding in Utah and Arizona over the next couple of months to raise money for the family. Check it out here. There are several options for helping the family out. $5 buys a raffle ticket and $20 buys 5 raffle tickets for a chance to win a $500 scrapbooking prize pack donated by Rusty Pickle. You can read all the details for the raffle and buy the tickets here at Legacy Scrapbooking.

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