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October 31, 2013

Benefit to help boy with damaged eye

Metal lodged in eye leads to big expenses


“The eye doctor literally jumped,” Sonja Lynn said. “She said he needs emergency surgery today. Where do you want to


They chose Rochester, and William and the rest of the family headed east. That first surgery took more than seven hours, with surgeons carefully navigating the delicate realm of retinas and corneas.

Surgery was successful, but it was just the first of many.

William now wears a rigid contact lens, which is not a permanent solution. They’re hoping that, sometime down the road, he can have a new permanent lens sewn into his eye. The problem, Lynn said, is the tissue available to sew a new lens into is severely damaged, making such a procedure difficult.

For now, the family is focusing on the benefit event, which Lynn said has been humbling.

She said the family has always tried to help others. She recalled one case where, on an out-of-state roofing job, they were running low on cash but still did everything they could to help the workers they’d hired, including one who was homeless. Also, because of a death in their extended family, the Lynns have taken in the daughter of one of their relatives, which came without any additional financial aid.

She’s hoping acts such as that have allowed them to bank some karma so that now, in their time of need, people will help. She’s hoping the benefit will give people the right avenue to give them a hand. It’s billed as a chili feed but will also include a silent auction, comedy show and raffle.

Lynn says the ordeal has changed William a little bit.

“There was one trip (to Rochester for surgery) and he started to complain a little bit. I just looked at him and said, ‘Honey, if you'd have been wearing your safety glasses we wouldn't be doing this,’” Lynn said. “And then he never complained again.”

If you go What: Benefit for William Lynn When: Noon-4 p.m. Sunday Where: Grace Baptist Church, 600 Lind St., Mankato Cost: $6 per meal

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