Saratoga County

Donors raise $10,000 for family who has had ‘real bad luck’

As Gary Resue lay on the floor at work, his body pinned under a 2,500-pound machine, all he could th
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As Gary Resue lay on the floor at work, his body pinned under a 2,500-pound machine, all he could think about was his wife and two daughters.

Resue was at work on the afternoon of Dec. 31 last year when a machine used to make metal parts fell on him in a freak accident.

Eight of his co-workers lifted the machine off him, and he was rushed to Albany Medical Center.

He suffered a broken neck, back, leg, pelvis and collar bone. He also fractured his rib cage and punctured his lung.

The accident happened just two months after his wife, Debbie, was diagnosed with a rare form of sarcoma, a type of cancer.

“When I was laying on the floor at work, I thought ‘Oh my god, I can’t go now,’ ” Gary Resue said. “It definitely was not my time to go. I knew from the beginning I’d have a positive attitude to get through it because I love my girls.”

On Sunday, hundreds of friends and family raised money for the Ballston Lake family at Northern Lights in Clifton Park.

About 600 donors paid $15 at the door of the concert venue, and organizers estimated that at least $10,000 was collected for the family.

“We have the space, we have the employees, we have everything we could possibly need to hold a benefit here, so we figure ‘Why not do it?’ ” said Crista Leigh, the promotions manager at Northern Lights.

Debbie Resue’s cancer is now under control, although she will be monitored for the next year for any signs it has returned, according to Gary Resue.

“It blows my mind how everyone comes together as a great community,” Gary Resue said. “It’s overwhelming.”

As for Gary, he is now walking with crutches and said his doctors think he should eventually be close to being able to do what he was able to do before the accident.

Gary and Debbie’s two daughters are Monica, 17, and Dana, 3.

“They’re real hard-working, blue collar people that just have real bad luck right now,” event organizer Chuck Fetter said. “You couldn’t script a worse story.”

Five bands played music from 3 to 9 p.m. at Northern Lights. Organizers also raised money by raffling off a motorcycle, snowboard, guitar, tickets to future concerts and other items.

“It’s one of the main reasons we’re here,” Northern Lights owner Kip Finck said. “We’re just a perfect place to do a benefit.”

Fetter substituted on drums for a song as the band Audiostars performed Sunday afternoon.

The band’s lead signer, who goes by the stage name “J Yager,” said that he has lost a number of friends recently to cancer.

“Bad stuff happens to everybody,” he said. “When it’s somebody you know and you have a personal connection with them, you do whatever you can to help them out.”

Many of the Resues’ friends are bikers, and about 100 motorcycles sat in the parking lot for a bike show during the afternoon.

“My wife and I know a lot of people, but you don’t realize how many you really know until something like this happens,” Gary Resue said.

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