Fundraiser scheduled for injured Central Lake man

Linda Gallagher, Contributing Writer

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As of earlier this week nearly $6,500 has been raised for Mat Grockau's medical expenses through a GoFundMe page, and a benefit fundraiser dinner with a silent auction is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Pelican Room in Central Lake.

BELLAIRE – On Saturday, Jan. 20, Mat Grockau was doing what he's done many times before – helping his dad cut firewood near the family home outside of Bellaire.

But on that day something went terribly wrong in a freak accident when Grockau, 24, slipped in the snow and fell, striking his head on a tree stump.

Suffering from a skull fracture, brain swelling and internal bleeding, the Central Lake resident was rushed to Munson Medical Center in Traverse City and placed on life support.

For the next seven days, his family, friends and fiancé waited.

"That's all that could be done, the doctors said," stated Mat’s sister, Diega Watkins. "He had suffered a traumatic brain injury and no one knew where it was going to go from there, so all we could do was wait."

Offers of help and support poured in from throughout the country as those who had known Mat as a child, attended school with him, or worked with him began a fundraising effort to raise money toward medical expenses for the young man, who until his accident worked with Bonnie and Scott Crandall of Sunset Construction in Bellaire.

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