Finn Fest—Fundraising Event to Benefit the Great Lakes Spinal Cord Injury Fund

. September 25, 2018.
Zach Lahey, Jason Finn and Jeni Belt at the second annual Finn Fest. (Photo by: Girl in the Glass City.)
Zach Lahey, Jason Finn and Jeni Belt at the second annual Finn Fest. (Photo by: Girl in the Glass City.)

Join Jason Finn and friends for a night of food, drinks, live music, and loads of fun at the third annual Finn Fest! Proceeds will be donated to Help Hope Live in honor of Jason to assist with medical and rehabilitation expenses.

Finn has been confined to a wheelchair since his spinal cord injury almost three years ago, which left him paralyzed from the chest down. He and his partner had been vacationing in Puerto Rico to celebrate his 47th birthday when a boogie board accident knocked him unconscious and injured his spine at the C5 vertebrae.

Jason has limited movement of one arm but no fine motor control. Finn explains that he detests “being a burden to everyone,” so he strives to remain as independent as possible. He wishes for additional mobility—even something as simple as controlling his fingers on one hand—to improve his functionality and reduce his need for help, but in the meantime, he requires 24/7 care.

Need for support

Jason’s sister-in-law, Kali Finn, explains that Medicaid only covers the cost of a daytime nurse. All other care expenses are Jason’s personal financial burden, and Finn Fest raises funds for the financial support he needs to function on a day-to-day basis.

Zach Lahey, Eamon King, Kali Marsh Finn, Sarah Skow, Jeni Belt, Amanda Lyons, Mechelle Zarou and Liz Wargo at Handmade Toledo. (Photo by: Girl in the Glass City.)

Zach Lahey, Eamon King, Kali Marsh Finn, Sarah Skow, Jeni Belt, Amanda Lyons, Mechelle Zarou and Liz Wargo at Handmade Toledo. (Photo by: Girl in the Glass City.)

Finn Fest will be an evening of live music— Jason Quick and Minglewood Labor Camp will perform—grazing, drinking (cash bar), and perusing silent auction items. Ever-popular Finn Fest t-shirts will also be available for purchase.

Can’t attend, but would like to help? Visit HelpHopeLive.org/campaign/10658 to make a tax-deductible donation.

For more information, please contact Sarah Skow, sks720@hotmail.com or Mechelle Zarou, mechzarou@gmail.com.

Finn Fest: To benefit the Great Lakes Spinal Cord Injury Fund.

Thursday, Sept 27 | 6-10 pm
Handmade Toledo | 1717 Adams St

$40/person (if purchased by 9/24). $50/person after 9/24.