Unique theater fundraiser for Middle schooler from MoorheadMoorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - As Garrett is fighting to recover from surgery after surgery his classmates and community are back here at home trying to show their support in every way they can.
By: Amy Unrau , WDAY
Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - As Garrett is fighting to recover from surgery after surgery his classmates and community are back here at home trying to show their support in every way they can.
One of Garrett's favorite activities is theater.
So what better way for his friends to support him than by throwing this very unique event?
It's a night of music and talent.
Amanda Herzog/ Moorhead: "Having a lot of fun"
And it's a night of caring.
Herzog: "He's a really awesome kid"
Kelly DuBois-Gerchak/ Horizon Middle School Theatre Department: "He's always got a smile on his face. He comes in and can take the worst situation and put a positive spin on it."
Sophie Rootham/ Moorhead: "I was really, really sad because I know he had been going through a lot of sickness lately."
Moorhead middle schooler Garrett Grommesh has battled Spina Bifida his entire life. After years of ups and downs, he found a passion for theater - acting in his first play earlier this school year.
DuBois-Gerchak: "The chair wasn't a factor. He was an actor just like any other actor"
Then, he landed a role in another. But this time his condition kept him away from the stage.
Rootham: "His sickness got in the way. He really wanted to be in it but just really could."
DuBois-Gerchak: "It's taken such a toll on the family, emotion and physical."
With their friend sick and in the hospital, a group of Horizon Middle Schoolers pulled together.
DuBois-Gerchak: “We were sitting around in my classroom one day talking about what we could do to help Garrett. We came up with this idea and said 'why don't we try a talent show'.”
A successful fundraiser tailored to what Garrett loves.
Rootham: “It's showing him that we still think about him and we care about him and we want him to get better.”
And tonight this packed house isn't just full of people. It's filled with love.
Monday night’s fundraiser was such a success that early numbers for donation totals are over the $6,000 mark.
If you'd like to help the Grommesh family you can do so by visiting Garrett's Caring Bridge page.
We've set up a link on WDAY.com under our EasyLinks tab.