Providing help

Columbus resident Cameron Fathauer knows about difficult situations because he was in one. Fathauer suffered a traumatic brain injury Sept. 18, 2015, when he was struck by a car while skateboarding at his home.

He was in critical condition, and doctors initially feared that he might never regain consciousness. After he did, doctors warned that Fathauer might never regain many of the abilities he had before the injury. Slowly and steadily, however, Fathauer, has recovered.

The 19-year-old is using his experience to help others who have suffered traumatic brain injuries by creating a nonprofit organization, the Voice of TBI. The organization would be a source of information and tips about traumatic brain injuries, including discussion boards online and live chat sessions. Kudos to Fathauer for using the experience of his tragedy to benefit others and assist them in their own recoveries.

Hometown commitment

Even though Tony Stewart has retired as a NASCAR racer, he still has a big responsibility as co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing and its multiple race teams on NASCAR’s top circuit.

That makes it all the more special to see him compete in his hometown of Columbus, revisiting his racing roots at the Bartholomew County 4-H Fairgrounds, in the King of UMRA TQ Midget race July 12, which he won.

Stewart holds a special place in the hearts of many local and area residents, and they appreciate the opportunity to see him in person and racing on the track when possible. Stewart’s commitment to the local track and his hometown are to be commended.

Generous assistance

The community made a strong show of support for a Columbus native who is battling brain cancer. Attendees at a July 15 variety show at Mill Race Center for Andrew Heimann, who has operated an acupuncture practice in Miami, raised $42,000 for his medical expenses not covered by insurance

Heimann was diagnosed with Grade IV glioblastoma multiforme brain cancer in August. The type of cancer requires alternative approaches because it does not respond to traditional treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy.

People who attended and donated showed great generosity at a time of great need for one of the community’s own.