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West Liberty ice cream social to benefit Rushsylvania family

The West Liberty United Methodist Church, West Liberty United Church of Christ and Oak Grove Mennonite Church, along with the West Liberty Lions Club, host their 16th annual benefit ice cream social from 4 to 7:30 p.m. July 27.

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The Boyer family includes, from the left, Amanda Coleman, Kristy Boyer, Jonny Coleman, Mike Boyer and Tyler Harshfield. (PHOTO | SUBMITTED)

The fundraiser takes place at the rear of the West Liberty United Methodist Church and the United Church of Christ, and will help to pay for the medical expenses of Mike and Kristy Kerns Boyer of Rushsylvania.

Mrs. Boyer, 36, is recovering from a stroke she suffered during March. At that time, she spent 12 hours in the emergency room at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima, and then was transferred to the OSU Wexner Medical Center, where she spent a week in the intensive care unit and three weeks in the stroke unit.

After a month-long rehab stay at St. Rita’s, she is now at home, and still deals with damage to her right side and has difficulty with her speech. She attends physical and speech therapy several times a week at Mary Rutan Hospital.

Before her stroke, Mrs. Boyer was only two months away from receiving a degree in criminal psychology. She still hopes to complete her education. Her husband has worked at Plastipak in Jackson Center for 23 years, and works second shift so he can take her to therapy appointments.

The Boyers are a blended family, with five children in the home — Kelsey Boyer, 18; Tyler Harshfield, 17; Jonny Coleman, 15; Emily Boyer, 14; Amanda Coleman, 13. In addition, Nick Boyer, 9, and Noah Banks, 11, stay with the family on the weekends. The children attend Benjamin Logan Schools.

The ice cream social will include music by Jim Greer and Bill Purk and friends.

The ala carte menu includes chicken and noodles, hot chicken sandwiches, sloppy joes, hot dogs, baked beans, coleslaw, potato salad, pasta salad, cucumber and onions, apple salad, gelatin salads, pie, cake, drinks and homemade ice cream.

In previous years, many area families have been helped with their medical expenses through the event. Those who cannot attend the event but would like to make a donation can send a check to the West Liberty United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 606, West Liberty, 43357, and mark “benefit” in the memo line. Direct questions to the church at 465-3732, or Nancy Dowden, 465-4219.

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