Spaghetti Dinner, Fund Aim To Raise Money For Injured Construction Worker
In Times of Need, Northeast Pennsylvania comes to the aid of its own. In our regular column, Patrice Wilding provides a platform for area residents facing a variety of obstacles to create awareness and connect them with much-needed help.
Robert “Rob” William Forsythe is a hunter, fisher and longtime construction worker for Cassel Building Contractors, Tafton, who loves to capture life’s biggest moments through the lens of his camera. The son of Wayne and Linda Coutts, the 38-year-old lives in Paupack Twp. with his wife, Leah, and has two sons, Matthew, 18, and Shane, 13. In late July, Forsythe fell 10 feet off a friend’s patio deck onto his back, fracturing his L7 and L8 lumbar spine bones along with seven ribs. He endured four hours of surgery to stabilize his spine but remains paralyzed from the waist down. Forsythe continues to try to overcome his injury at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network’s Spine and Joint Center in Allentown. His long-term prognosis remains unknown.
What: Donations are being accepted payable to the Robert Forsythe Fund at Honesdale National Bank, 2547 Route 6, Hawley, PA 18428. A benefit spaghetti dinner also has been organized in Forsythe’s honor.
When: Saturday, Sept. 15, 4 to 7 p.m.
Where: Tafton Fire Company, 235 Route 507
Why: Community support would be a tremendous help in alleviating Forsythe’s stress over providing for his family without employment in addition to the mounting medical bills not covered by insurance, friends said. He also will need medical supplies, and preparations are underway to modify a residence for handicapped accessibility and usage for him.
In his own words: “I will remain positive and walk into the hospital one day and prove those doctors wrong.” — Robert Forsythe
Scranton truck driver Michael J. Bonevich Sr. saw a few online donations come in since his story was published in this column last week. The father of three and grandfather of three suffered severe cardiac events both behind the wheel and immediately following an accident. Until he is medically cleared to return to work, money is still being raised via GoFundMe or by mail sent to Michael Bonevich, 1813 Bundy St., Scranton, PA 18508.