A benefit dinner and auction is scheduled March 6 at St. Caspar Catholic Church in Wauseon.
Fayette High School freshman Tiffany Bates was severely burned by her family’s corn burning furnace in October. She spent five weeks at St. Vincent-Mercy Medical Center burn unit recovering from second and third degree burns. Her treatment included skin graft surgery.
Physical and occupational therapy continues every week and she is back in school on a part-time basis.
The benefit poster state’s that “through all the pain and suffering she has endured, she has remained strong and positive, which she attributes to her faith and a tremendous support system of family, friends, church and school staff. She still faces more surgeries including skin grafts and reconstruction, but feels she is a stronger person because of this. She is an inspiration to all who know her.”
A free-will offering will be accepted for the meal. Auctions are also planned.
“I feel like the whole point of this is celebrate Tiffany,” said her mother Jenny. “She's still with us and we're so thankful. I want to celebrate the precious gift of life.”
To donate auction item or for more information, contact Lenny Breidenbach,419/337-1161; Andy Stidham, 567/454-0063; Barb Bonfert, 419-708-2517.
Tiffany is the daughter of Dale and Jenny Bates of rural Fayette and the granddaughter of Mary Ellyn and the late Ted Blank of Wauseon, and Ben and Nancy Bates of Fayette.