Community pulls together for Hooper man hurt in accident

Sep 20 2011 - 10:32am

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Daniel Van Tassell, of Hooper, was seriously injured in a car accident in February. Fundraisers are planned to help him pay medical bills.
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This undated photo shows the car Daniel Van Tassell, of Hooper, was in when he was involved in an accident, leaving him seriously injured.
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Daniel Van Tassell, of Hooper, was seriously injured in a car accident in February. Fundraisers are planned to help him pay medical bills.
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This undated photo shows the car Daniel Van Tassell, of Hooper, was in when he was involved in an accident, leaving him seriously injured.

HOOPER -- A community with a reputation of coming together for one of its own is "Leaping for a Miracle" yet again from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in Hooper Park, at 6100 W. 5500 South.

Under the "Leaping for a Miracle" theme, the day will feature activities at Hooper Park to raise funds for a family whose breadwinner suffered unexpected physical and financial consequences in a car wreck.

Daniel Van Tassell was seriously injured in a car accident on his way to work at Thiokol Corporation's Little Mountain location Feb. 23.

He suffered multiple bone fractures and head injuries that nearly took his life and left him with disabilities he's working to overcome, according to information distributed by event organizers. Van Tassell hopes to work again one day as an electrician.

"You never know when something like this could happen to you," said Darlene Bennett, an organizer of the fundraising events. "It's important that we as a community can step up to help when we're needed."

The fundraiser will include activities for the whole family, concessions, a 5K walk/run, a 3-point shootout, football throw, yard sale, silent auction and a chance to win numerous prizes, such as an Xbox Kinect, a 3G Kindle, Ruger 10/22 rifle and numerous gift certificates.

"There is something that everyone can enjoy," Bennett said. "When we all work together, we can make a huge difference in someone's life."

Several weeks in the intensive care unit and ongoing rehabilitation have left the family with substantial medical bills.

Van Tassell's most pressing challenge now is an inability to get his eyes to work together, said his wife, Katie Van Tassell. Her husband is working to overcome this issue, but doctors are unsure if the condition is permanent.

Bennett described Van Tassell as a hard-working man who has been an outstanding provider for his family, not only through his job but also through work on the family farm.

She said the family also has done its share of service, noting that if others had needed the help, they are the type of people who would have stepped up for the cause.

Events will get started Saturday with the 8 a.m. 5K run. All 5K participants will receive a T-shirt. Entry fees are $15 per person and $50 per family up to six.

For more information, call Bennett at 801-430-2406 or visit the website at 5kforamiracle.blogspot.com.

To get to Hooper Park from Interstate 15, take the Roy exit and drive west six miles.

Organizers also are looking for event sponsors as well as donors for items for the silent auction. Those wishing to sponsor the event may call Michelle Naisbitt at 801-390-0154.

Those wishing to make a donation may call Lacey Summers at 801-678-2642.

Money donations may be made at any America First Credit Union under the name of the Van Tassell charitable account.

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