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Benefit planned for injured Tusky Valley student

| November 21, 2023
Tusky Valley Senior Brynn Goedel is keeping a positive attitude as she recovers from injuries she sustained in last week’s deadly chain reaction collision involving a charter bus carrying band members to Columbus. (Photo courtesy of Rob Goedel)

NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) (Nov. 21, 2023) – Organizers of last year’s Save Camp Piedmont fundraiser are turning their attention to one of the families impacted by the Tusky Valley charter bus tragedy.

There’s a benefit coming up for Brynn Goedel, the student still hospitalized for injuries she sustained during the chain reaction crash on I-70 last Tuesday that killed three of her bandmates, a teacher, and two parent chaperones. 4-H advisor Tina Armstrong is planning the event with her sister Jackie Kandel, whose daughter is friends with Brynn.

“She was paralyzed from the waist down. She has some feeling in her toes so that is a good sign but she has multiple injuries, multiple surgeries that will need to be addressed,” Armstrong told WJER News.

The February 3rd benefit will take place at Buckeye Career Center with gun and quilt raffles, auctions, and a pasta dinner. 

“It’s very early on so we are still taking donations of any type, volunteers to set up that day, donations as far as food, too, or even water to have at the benefit as well.”

There’s a flyer on the WJER Facebook page with the numbers to call if you want to contribute to the event. 

“I always reach high with any of these. I had said $100,000 for the Piedmont benefit and we ended up with $150,000, so I’d like to say $100,000 for this as well,” Armstrong said. 

Organizers have also established a fund through First Federal Community Bank that Brynn’s family can tap into to help with their expenses. It’s separate from the Goedel Family GoFundMe page that has raised over $49,000 toward an $80,000 goal.

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