A benefit dinner will be held Saturday for John Evanish.
Evanish, a 41-year-old Republic Steel worker and Sheffield Lake resident, fell 47 feet from a roof at Republic’s Lorain plant on Sept. 12. Evanish broke four bones in his back, seven ribs and suffered four compound fractures in his left arm. Evanish, a husband and father of three, said doctors told him 95 percent of people who fall 25 feet or more die or are paralyzed.
“Everyone’s amazed that I’m alive,” Evanish said Thursday from his mother’s home in North Ridgeville, where he is recovering. “All the doctors tell me I’m a miracle.”
Evanish said workers compensation is paying his medical bills, but he is only receiving 73 percent of his salary. He said doctors told him he will need about a year to recuperate and his left arm will never fully recover.
The benefit is from 7 to 9 p.m. at Cleats Club Seat Grille, 3995 Jennings Road, Cleveland. Tickets for the dinner are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. To obtain tickets, call Chuck Bartczak at (216) 780-5465 or Tom Gravette at (440) 666-6685.
A fund has been established through the Akron-based Millwright Pile Driver Union Local 1090 for Evanish and his family. Contributions can be sent to the union care of John or Denise Evanish, 47 Alice Drive, Akron, OH44319.