Ed Tobey is a beloved person in his community. This is known, because when certain folks that this writer knows stand up and reach out their hearts and hands to hold him up, this means that this persons soul shines brightly. So brightly, that it touches and spreads over all the intersectional points of love and family that make up the web of caring in Metro Detroit Pagan and greater communities.
So let us look at who this man is a little bit. Ed is a local man, from Brown city. For those in Michigan, that is one of the places in the Mound of Venus on your palm, when you give directions. (Shout out to my palmistry peeps). A person who lives life with a robust sense of good spirit and jocular company, it is all the more shocking that the type of critical event should be experienced by him.
On July 26, a diving accident left Ed with a shattered c2 neck vertebrae and damaged arterial damage. For someone who works extensively with their whole body working with mediums such as concrete, this injury is not life jarring, but financially dire. And with the looming burden of ever increasing medical bills, the crushing weight of greater debt could seem insurmountable.
“Seem” is the important word here. Because here in Michigan, Pagan or non Pagan, we know that tough times bring out that tough spirit in us. Because our souls are forged in iron and steel, fire and water, and breathe the air that an infinite number of healing prayers have sung out into the ether. And he is also beloved by some of our Pagan family here in the Mitten. He is part of our extended Pagan family. The Call has been sent out to rally forth and help this one among us who is in need.
Ed’s recovery will be long, hard and full of personal challenges and milestones. But what the readers, and those with open hearts who are in reach of the readers of this column, can do is to make sure that those milestones do not have to be overshadowed by the mill stones of medical debt. People have come together to lift this man up with hope and help. They are seeking to re “cover” him with the aura and love of possibility and encouragement, combined with tangible supports.
One of the ways they are doing this work is hosting a fundraiser on Saturday, September 19, at 3:00 pm. This will be held at Brown City Park, in Brown City, Michigan, his hometown. There will be a Bike Run just before the event, which will have its end point at the Park. It is open to all who wish to participate. For more information, those interested can contact Chris Madia at (810) 656-4942.
This will be followed by the Dinner, a live musical performance by Cash O’Riley, as well as a DJ. A live auction, raffles, and more will be a part of the affair. The admission is $10.00, but this writer is sure that they would not turn down any extra folding tender that could be donated.
They ask that any questions about this event should be directed Chuck (586) 630-6047, Neil (810) 614-1646, Mark (810) 858-9977 or Michelle (810) 858-9979. Make sure to call and call out. Spread the word. He is one of us, a Michigan born soul, and he is our people. Please follow the event also in Facebook for more up to the minute details.