The community is coming together this weekend to help out an individual who served the country as a member of the U.S. Navy. Ron Musgrove Jr. of Austintown, had an unfortunate turn of events before Christmas that left him facing medical procedures and a mountain of bills.
On Sept. 21, Musgrove returned after serving with the U.S. Navy in Afghanistan. As an employee of Home Depot, he had come home in time to attend the company Christmas party, according to co-worker Lori Olsen.
"We had our Christmas party on Dec. 9 and I waited and waited for him to show up," Olsen said. "Little did I know he was laying lifeless on Mahoning Avenue."
Musgrove was crossing Mahoning Avenue in Austintown, on foot when he was struck by a vehicle. The incident left him with two broken legs, two broken arms and a skull fracture, Olsen said.
She said since the incident, he has undergone four surgeries to correct his injuries and is facing a few more.
"The doctors told him he'll probably never walk right again," Olsen said. "Right now he is doing very well considering all his injuries, but he has a ways to go."
She said he was told he would not be able to return to work until March of 2014 if all goes well. In the meantime, he has bills, both medical and normal living expenses that are growing. She said while the Navy medical coverage is paying a good portion of the bills, the co-pay is mounting and without being able to go to work, Musgrove has been facing a financial dilemma.
Olsen said she wanted to put together a fundraiser to help her friend and coworker. She knew he attended church at Canfield United Methodist Church, 27 Broad St., Canfield. She approached the church with her idea and not only did the members agree to provide the church hall, but several members of the church who knew Musgrove agreed to help out setting up and working the event.
A group of church members and Olsen are putting on a spaghetti dinner from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at the church. The event will include a Chinese auction, the Aut Mori clowns, and the dinner. All proceeds will go towards helping Musgrove with his financial situation.
"We don't have any goal," Olsen said. "We just want to help Ron with the bills."