The Valley’s Fourth of July festival, happening Friday, will help a Carnation family whose lives were forever changed by a home accident.
On Memorial Day weekend, Todd Wingerson slipped while working to build a children’s swimming pool. He broke his neck, and is now paralyzed from the neck down.
As he recovers, Wingerson is getting help from the Carnation community during the Fourth with wristband sales. He’s also listed on event T-shirts.
Wingerson is a construction worker, husband and father of two teens. He has lived in Carnation for 16 years.
After the accident, Wingerson was rushed to the intensive care unit at Harborview Medical Center. He’s been home once, for two hours, since the accident. Today, he’s being treated at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Seattle.
“He’s a really strong person. A man of few words,” said Todd’s wife, Kristin. Todd is now focused on coming home. He is only beginning the therapy to grant him some renewed mobility.
“He’s got a really positive attitude,” Kristin said. “If anyone can do it, he can.”
Besides medical expenses, the family faced challenges including getting an accessible van for Todd, and remodeling the home for wheelchair access. Kristin has been touched by the level of support her family has received from the Carnation community.
Wingerson’s friends gave started a charity campaign on the Give Forward website, to help the family recover.
Wristbands to support to the family are being sold at the Just Moo It! basketball registration table, at the Run for the Pies booth, and at the beer garden at Tolt-MacDonald park.
After the Fourth of July, you can buy them at Carnation Corners, Swim with Kim, and Dog Mountain Farm to Table. You can learn about how to help at www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/ynr4/todd-wingerson-family-fund.