Paint­ing event raises funds for teen

The Covington News - - THE SECOND FRONT - DANIELLE EVER­SON de­v­er­son@cov­

An artist who or­ga­nized a paint­ing fundraiser ear­lier this month to ben­e­fit a New­ton High School stu­dent who was in­jured dur­ing a wrestling match last year said more than $500 was raised to help him and his fam­ily.

South­ern Heart­land Art Gallery artist Ann Wild­mon held a paint­ing class to raise money for the fam­ily of Tyler Head on Aug. 3.

Tyler, 16, suf­fered a spinal cord in­jury dur­ing a match on Dec. 29, and un­der­went emer­gency surgery at the At­lanta Med­i­cal Cen­ter. Af­ter his surgery, Tyler was taken to the Shep­herd Spinal Cen­ter, where he con­tin­ues to go through in­tense re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and ther­apy.

Wild­mon said the $575 raised at the ben­e­fit was used to pur­chase dozens of gas cards for the fam­ily, who make daily trips to the spinal cen­ter for Tyler’s phys­i­cal ther­apy.

Wild­mon said the fundraiser had great par­tic­i­pa­tion from the com­mu­nity.

“The ben­e­fit was a fun time. We painted “Tulips on a Win­dow Sill” in ap­prox­i­mately four hours,” Wild­mon said. “The group had a re­ally great time.”

Tyler’s dad, Archie, spent time with Tyler that night so that his mom, Deb­o­rah, could also par­tic­i­pate in the paint­ing class, Wild­mon said.

Wild­mon said she has known the Head fam­ily for 19 years. Liv­ing in the same neigh­bor­hood, she said, they have watched each other’s chil­dren grow up. Wild­mon said she would do any­thing for the Heads.

“Com­mu­nity is what you make it. Be­ing in­volved and build­ing re­la­tion­ships in your com­mu­nity only makes you stronger,” Wild­mon said. “Life is go­ing to throw you curve­balls in your life­time, and it’s cru­cial to have an army of friends to help you stand strong.”

Mrs. Head sent the fol­low­ing email re­gard­ing those who par­tic­i­pated in the paint­ing class:

“We are truly over­joyed with the gift cards. Not hav­ing to buy gas for a few weeks will be a big help. It is very im­por­tant for Tyler’s re­cov­ery that he goes to Shep­herd Cen­ter for ther­apy ev­ery day,” she wrote.

“Once more God has blessed us with your gift. Thank you to ev­ery­one who gave and/or par­tic­i­pated in the paint­ing event at South­ern Heart­land Art Gallery. They are good peo­ple. We pray God blesses each one of you.”

Dar­rell Everidge /The Cov­ing­ton News

Lo­cal artist Ann Wild­mon helped raise more than $500 for Tyler Head, a New­ton High School stu­dent who was in­jured dur­ing a wrestling match.

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