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EDPA Northeast Chapter to Host Annual Rally at the Alley at Splitsville in Patriot Place on May 2nd
EDPA Northeast Chapter is hosting the annual Rally at the Alley, Thursday, May 2nd at Splitsville in Patriot Place. The annual fundraiser is an opportunity to spend an evening having fun with amazing industry peers while supporting some of our own. All proceeds raised from this year's event will be donated to Shari McDowell of Display Supply & Lighting and her family.
The 2019 “Rally at the Alley” Industry Fundraiser for Tom McDowell, husband of DS&L’s Shari McDowell, returns to Splitsville at Foxborough’s Patriot Place on May 2nd. Read the McDowell’s story, and get involved by sponsoring or registering below.
Shari McDowell has been a valued member of the DS&L team as the Sales & Marketing Assistant since May, 2010. Many of you have met Shari, as she has volunteered in the past at the EDPA Northeast’s annual golf tournament.
Shari has been a dedicated DS&L employee working behind the scenes to make sure things are right for its customers and friends. Aside from preparing all of DS&L’s marketing materials and tracking sales results, Shari orders all products manufactured overseas, forecasts the needs for those products, coordinates obtaining and updating safety listings for these products and coordinates the timely delivery of products to DS&L’s IL warehouse to make sure inventory is on hand as needed by its customers.
Shari’s husband, Tom McDowell, had a tragic series of accidents. On August 28, 2018, while recovering from having a cardiac stent procedure, Tom fell and injured his leg, while Shari was at work, requiring a trip to the hospital. At the emergency room after examination and testing, the hospital personnel felt that Tom had only suffered a significant hip contusion and released him to go home.
Relaxing at home from the ordeal, and while walking from the deck into the kitchen, Tom fell and landed directly on his forehead. He suffered a severe gash on his forehead and was not able to move any part of his body. Tom was rushed to UMASS Medical in Worcester where it was learned that the impact and force of his fall caused him to break his neck.
After emergency surgery to insert titanium rods in his neck/spine to stabilize his injury, Tom was in ICU and back and forth from a regular room to ICU due to complications over the next 3 weeks. While he was able to speak and breathe on his own, he had no ability to move his limbs and very little feeling in any limbs. After the initial 3 weeks of his hospitalization, he was moved to Spaulding Rehab Hospital in Charlestown to begin rehab while dealing with ongoing medical issues.
Tom is now at home, working very hard in rehab with his family and team of therapists. This is being done at home and at Spaulding as an out-patient. Tom has regained some very limited use of his arms, but no fine motor skills. He has some minor feeling in both of his legs at this time. His ongoing care and therapy will be a huge financial and emotional expense on the family, but they are committed to do what they need to in order to be able to provide for his care, comfort and as complete of a recovery as is possible.
During renovations to the home to accommodate Tom’s disability, Shari & Tom’s daughter fell and fractured her hip requiring reconstructive surgery. Jessica’s injury has made an already difficult situation even more trying, but her recovery is a steady one.
This is a tragic story that shows that with a blink of an eye, life can change so dramatically. The family’s attitude remains positive and they all are working as a courageous team towards the best possible recovery.
Registration is $100 Per Person, $400 per team, and $75 for Non-Bowlers. Learn more and register now at edpanortheast.com/events/rally2019.
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