Tailgate Fundraiser Held for Big Spring Teen

Tailgate Fundraiser Held for Big Spring Teen

BIG SPRING, TX (KWES) - An accident in June left Big Spring High School football player, Blantyn Gusman, paralyzed, but a fundraiser held over the weekend is making his life a little easier.

Enough money was raised to buy the family a new van.  

Tragedy struck the town of Big Spring on June 7 when Blantyn Gusman and his two friends were involved in a car crash. Dylan Lance died as a result, and Blantyn was left a quadriplegic.

Blantyn needed a way to get around, so his family began searching for a wheelchair accessible van.

One was donated to the Gusman family, but the van did not fit Blantyn's needs, To raise money for a new van, the family held a tailgate on October 30 in the Memorial Stadium parking lot.

The family needed to raise over $19,000 for a wheelchair accessible van to help Blantyn get around more easily.

That goal was exceeded with the help of Mike Richardson, who organized the tailgate.

Mike spoke with NewsWest9 about the successful event.

"A huge huge fundraiser. I mean, we just had people lined up to buy burgers to help Blantyn out, and we were able to not only meet the goal of $19,800, but we far exceeded it by raising around $26,000. So, the van has been purchased. It now is in the hands of the Gusman family."

As for the van that was first donated to the family, they are wanting to donate it to another family in need.
If you know of someone in need of a wheelchair accessible van, you can contact Mike Richardson at (432) 599-0351.