The flyer reads "Little by Little, Day by Day, Helping Tonya Climb the Steps to Recovery."
A benefit will be held for Tonya Shaw-Brunner noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12 at The Pickle Factory (205 First St., Pepin), including a DJ, bake sale, 50/50 raffle, and three auctions: silent, live and Chinese. Broasted chicken dinners will be sold for $10 per plate.
Early in the morning on April 7, Shaw-Brunner's minivan crashed into an Ellsworth School District bus near Bay City. Shaw-Brunner, then 55, was given a 1 percent chance of survival when she arrived at Regions Hospital in St. Paul.
According to a benefit flyer, she had a severed aorta, a broken neck, two broken arms, a shattered knee and elbow, a broken leg (in multiple places), skin and muscle grafting and a broken collar bone.
Over three-and-a-half months, she endured more than 20 surgeries with more planned for the future, said friend Joyce Minder-Engnes.
Shaw-Brunner is the sole provider for her family and has been unable to work, Minder-Engnes said. It's unknown if the former Pickle Factory employee will ever be able to fully return to the workforce.
Proceeds from the benefit will go toward medical bills, expenses associated with traveling back and forth to therapy sessions, future surgeries, everyday bills and rent.
Contributions can be made at The Pickle Factory or at the Bank of Alma (419 Second St., Pepin, WI 54759, attn: Tonya Shaw-Brunner Benefit Account).
For more information or to help, contact Minder-Engnes at 715-307-3935, Marianne Dove at 612-961-3617, Lori Bauer at 715-821-3856 or Debbie Noltee at 715-497-7100.