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BY: Jeff Martin | January 11, 2013

ASHFORD — The Ashford Snowmobile Club will host a benefit this weekend for a man who fell from a ladder in October.

Brian Schneider who, until this fall, served as the club’s president, was helping a friend with a home repair project in October, when he fell 7 feet from a ladder.

Jim Boberg said his friend broke his back in the fall, requiring intensive surgery. “Doctors told him he probably won’t be able to ride [snowmobiles] again,” Boberg said. “It’s been hard on him and his wife, because they’ve been active in the club and regular riders for a long time.”

According to Boberg, doctors removed one pressed disc in Schneider’s back and replaced it with part of the patient’s rib. The surgery will most likely hinder Schneider’s various outdoor interests.

Schneider and his wife have been part of the Ashford Snowmobile Club for approximately 8 years, although they have been snowmobilers for many years.

The benefit will be held from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 14, at the West Valley Hose Company, located on Route 219 in Ashford Hollow. The event will feature a theme basket auction and chicken barbecue, to help raise money to assist the Schneiders.

Boberg said that, while he has been successful, so far, in soliciting funds to help with his friend’s medical expenses, he is hoping the benefit will raise even more money for Schneider. “We just want to help as much as we can,” he added.

For more information, call Boberg at 942-3956 or Joni Cobo at 942-3889.

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