To help David King walk again, his fellow Lee’s Summit residents came out in droves Saturday to lend a hand to a father of four who fell off a ladder in October.
Organizers staged an all-day fundraiser at the VFW post to pay for the family’s rent for a year so King and his wife can focus on his recovery.
The fundraiser took months of planning and started strong at 8 a.m. with a breakfast and bake sale, which attracted the entire varsity and junior varsity basketball teams from Lee’s Summit West High School, said organizer Nicole Kelly.
The city’s police officers and others also packed the hall throughout the day for hot dogs, hamburgers, a silent auction and performances by two bands, she said.
“This place is full.”
Kelly said their goal was to raise about $10,000, and by dinnertime, they were almost there.
She said stores and community members rallied with “tons” of donated items for the dinner and auction, which included a guitar, neon lights and dozens of gift certificates. The bands also donated their talent.
King, 42, who has had epilepsy most of his life, suffered a seizure while on a ladder helping a relative work on a home. In his fall, he suffered a spinal injury that paralyzed his legs.
King used to work for the VFW, and his wife is a Ladies Auxiliary member.
Donations to the David King Fund may be sent to any branch of the Bank of Lee’s Summit.