CRYSTAL LAKE – Steve Bimbi is determined to walk again, and area residents can help him get back on his feet.
Bimbi, a longtime Crystal Lake resident, is recovering from major surgeries after his U.S. Postal Service truck hydroplaned and crashed into a tree when he tried to avoid a car crossing his path on the way to his route in Barrington last month. He suffered a shattered pelvis and detached femur, and ended up in an intensive care unit.
Now, Bimbi is taking the first steps on the long road to walk again by trying each day to sit up in his hospital bed. As he fights his physical battle, family and friends are rallying the community to help financially support the Bimbis.
Nick’s Pizza & Pub will host a fundraiser from 4 to 10 p.m. Wednesday with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the family.
Patrons only need to bring a flier that can be accessed at www.stevebimbi.com.
“There has been a chain reaction of support that me and my husband were not prepared for,” said Renate Bimbi, Steve’s wife. “It’s definitely evoked a lot of emotion from my husband, who is far away but knows we have the support to help guide us through, and that’s absolutely tremendous.”
Family friend Debbie DeBoer, who helped organize the event, said there also would be a raffle Wednesday to help reach her goal of providing $10,000 to the family. Laura Selby, who helped organize the silent auction and raffle, said items include a weekend hotel stay in St. Louis; Blackhawks jerseys, tickets and a signed puck; gift certificates to local restaurants; and much more.
The family’s financial struggles have been amplified by the recent government shutdown because the Bimbis have not been able to file paperwork for Steve to receive disability pay or to start long-term rehabilitation care.
Renate Bimbi said that without the financial donations she has already received, she would not have been able to get the materials to start building a wheelchair ramp in her garage.
“I’d really love to get to $10,000, but I don’t know if it is an attainable goal,” DeBoer said. “All I know is it is going to be baby steps every day for the family in the recovery process.”
Renate Bimbi said her husband has plenty of motivation and fight to get back to walking within a year – a goal doctors have told her is possible. She said one of the hardest parts for him has been the thought of not helping coach his sons – a high school sophomore and a sixth-grader – in all the sports he loves to watch them play.
“He is learning baby-step functions, not as an 8-pound baby but as a 180-pound man,” she said. “The loss of not being able to coach them for quite some time ... is extremely difficult for him. The teams have become family to him.”
For information and ways to donate, visit www.stevebimbi.com.
If you go
What: Fundraiser for Steve Bimbi
Where: Nick’s Pizza & Pub, 856 Pyott Road, Crystal Lake
When: 4 to 10 p.m. Wednesday
Details: All proceeds will go to the family of Steve Bimbi, who cannot walk after shattering his pelvis and detaching a femur in a September car crash. Patrons can mention the fundraiser or bring a flier that can be found on www.stevebimbi.com. A silent auction and raffle also will take place. Prizes include a St. Louis getaway, Blackhawks items and gift certificates to local establishments.
For information: Visit www.stevebimbi.com or Benefit for Bimbi at Nick’s Pizza on Facebook.