The Free Press, Mankato, MN

June 28, 2013

'Block' party benefits local victim of skiing accident

By Hilary Urban
Special to The Free Press

---- — Robyn Block's life was turned upside down on April 2 while on a ski trip in Lutsen.

As an experienced skier, Block knew she was going too fast down the hill and tried to slow herself down. It was then that her ski got caught and she went through a tree and hit a rock, something she cannot recall happening.

As a result of the accident, Block suffered from severe head trauma, landing her in the hospital for a month in Duluth. She now awaits another surgery to repair part of her skull. Block has a long road to recovery ahead of her, but those close to her say it’s a miracle she survived the accident and is making such strides in recovery.

Block’s friends have planned a “Block” Party on Saturday to help raise funds for her medical costs. The benefit will take place at the Thunder Bar in Good Thunder, where Block is a former employee.

“She is a compassionate person and has helped with many benefits and other causes,” Amber Sternitzke said. “As her friends, we wanted to step up to the plate and help support her.”

The Block Party will begin at 11 a.m. with a bean bag tournament. A silent auction will take place from 2-6 p.m. along with a hog roast supper.Musical entertainment will be provided throughout the day. Performers (all of whom are volunteering) include: musician Andrew Babcock, DJ Bassment Productions, and the band Lookout Drive.

Block said she is extremely thankful to all of those who have been holding benefits to help her and her family get through this time.

She continues to keep a positive attitude and is working hard at recovering.

“It will be a long journey but I have great support and I'm on the right path to being back to my sassy self,” Block said.

If You Go What Block Party to benefit Robyn Block Where Thunder Bar, 453 Main St. in Good Thunder When Bean bag tournament begins at 11 a.m., silent auction 2-6 p.m.