Organizers hope to raise final $900
By MIKE DONAHEY
People who care about Sarah McGuire are stepping up to the plate again.
Even some folks who have never met her.
Kara Wildman, owner-operator of Happy Tails Pet Grooming & Boarding in Marshalltown, is one.
If You Go ...
WHAT: Fundraiser for Sarah McGuire
WHEN: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Oct. 19
WHERE: Happy Tails Pet Grooming, 1716 S. Center St. Please bring dogs to Happy Tails' back entrance at Meadow Lane Mall
She is hosting a fundraiser to benefit McGuire Oct. 19 and wants area residents to bring in their dogs for a bath.
A free-will donation is requested and all proceeds will be benefit McGuire and help pay for her extensive medical needs resulting from a beating she sustained during an armed robbery attempt nearly 3.5 years ago.
The perpetrator, now in prison, beat her head and arms with a brick.
McGuire, a Marshalltown resident, is confined to a wheelchair because the injuries she received have worsened over the years.
Over time, she has lost the ability to walk and she is gradually losing strength in her hands and arms.
Her mother, Sharon Olson, is concerned she will become a quadriplegic if she doesn't receive help soon.
McGuire currently takes a number of medications daily to deal with a host of problems.
After the Social Security Administration denied McGuire's application for disability payments, Olson began a campaign to raise the money.
Olson contacted Jensen, Inc. of Marshalltown and the business agreed to provide a 2013 Ford Fusion for a raffle at their cost. Olson had the challenge to sell enough raffle taxes to pay for the car and Mayo Clinic.
The car was won by Nancy Meyer-Davis of Marshalltown Aug. 17. Olson had sold thousands of tickets, but was approximately $2,100 short to pay Mayo Clinic after paying Jensen, Inc.
A number of individuals made donations totaling $1,200 to giveforward.org, a charitable site set up by Olson after the raffle and then Wildman volunteered to raise the final $900.
"I'm very appreciative of all the help I've received, some from complete strangers," McGuire said. "At this point, I'm both nervous and excited that we'll raise the $900 so I can be seen at Mayo Clinic."