MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC)- Last August, 26-year-old Zac DeForge of Atlantic Mine suffered a stroke, losing motor functions in the right side of his body. Now, his friends are hosting a fundraiser to help him pay his medical debt.
Sunday, November 11th, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the upper level of the Masonic Building, everyone is invited to a spaghetti dinner. Tickets are $10 a plate for adults and $5 for kids under 12 years old. Along with dinner, the event will feature 50/50 and bucket raffles with themed gift baskets donated from local organizations.
Organizer Laura Wall says she was stunned when she learned about Zac's stroke.
“Immediately I was making phone calls, trying to understand what was going on,” said Wall. “That day, my friend Zak Delpierre and I, we decided we needed to do something. We needed to raise money somehow and we decided we wanted to do the raffle fundraiser.”
Because Zac had not yet started his new job when the stroke occurred he was not covered by health insurance and currently faces almost $50,000 in medical debt. All proceeds from Sunday’s dinner will go towards helping him recover. Zac is currently undergoing rehab at U.P. Health System portage in Houghton.