Staff Reports

A raffle is underway to help a Columbus family cover costs of an expensive treatment for an anoxic brain injury sustained by their daughter.

Rachel Lapidus, a Columbus North graduate who was 19 and studying at Ivy Tech at the time, went into cardiac arrest July 27, 2011, and experienced significant mental and physical setbacks after her heart stopped beating for nine minutes.

Her doctor recommended Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), where patients are placed in a total body chamber to inhale 100 percent oxygen under increased atmospheric pressure, intended to speed up the natural healing process.

Money raised through the raffle will go toward HBOT treatment in Cincinnati not covered by insurance.

Raffle tickets, at $5 each or three for $12, can be purchased through Sunday at:

Mark & Jessie’s Fireworks, 3515 Hollowell St.

Ahlmeyer Bakery, 2304 17th St.

Neat Treats Ice Cream Truck or garage sale Saturday and Sunday at 1444 Sycamore St.

Winners will be selected Sunday and announced on the Rachel Lapidus Facebook page for one of four prizes.

Grand prize: Firework package worth $450, donated by Mark & Jessie’s Fireworks Shack.

First prize: Pair of custom-painted shoes in the size and design of the winner’s choice.

Second prize: One free pie/cookies (up to $14 value) once a month for 12 months, courtesy of Ahlmeyer Bakery.

Third prize: $200 gift card to Camping World.

Organizer Michelle Graves said that besides raising the money for the woman’s treatment, the effort is working to increase awareness for the HBOT treatment used for her type of brain injury.

Information: Contact Graves at 812-350-4925 or by email at

On the Web

The family of Rachel Lapidus, Columbus, has set up an online site to collect donations for her treatment for a brain injury. Visit

Follow Rachel Lapidus’ progress at