Benefit concert to show Lucy love
More than 7,800 miles separate Lucy Newman and her Brisbane, Australia, home.But with two broken ankles and no family in the States, making it back home isn’t so easy.”I’ve got a flight home in a week, and it’s going to be hard because I’m in a wheelchair until next Tuesday, and my plane leaves Wednesday,” said Newman, a former Sunlight Mountain Resort employee who is returning home after a longboarding accident two weeks ago. “I’ve pretty much been stuck on the couch.”To help pay to fly her mother to Glenwood Springs, Newman’s supervisor at Sunlight, David “DW” Martin, is organizing a benefit concert with his rock band Glass Onion from 7-9 p.m. today at Glenwood Music. The all-ages show is free to the public; however the band is raising money by recording the live performance and selling CDs.”We’re trying to get her mother here because with two broken ankles with pins in them, she can’t work, she can’t stand,” said Martin, lead vocalist for the band that formed last year. “How would you like to be on the other side of the world and not have any income? Lucy can at least rest easy, so she knows she won’t starve or not be able to pay rent. I want to help put a smile on her face because I know she is sad.”The 21-year-old Newman was working her second season at Sunlight when she broke both ankles longboarding for the first time at a friend’s house. The environmental management major at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane underwent surgery requiring screws and plates in both ankles.A longboard is a longer version of a skateboard and is often used as transportation or for carving because it can be navigated easier.”I guess I just landed funny, pretty much,” said Newman, who lives in Glenwood Springs with her three roommates. “I tried to stand up and they weren’t working. They put five screws and a plate in one ankle, and four screws and a plate in the other.”Martin said he wanted to do more for his injured colleague and friend than just collect donations at a going-away party.”That’s how my momma raised me. If someone is your co-worker and is down and out you help them,” said Martin, a former Marine who serves as the “Voice of Sunlight” with morning ski reports on local radio stations. “In the Marine Corps, I learned there is a certain way you treat people in your platoon – with respect. In this case, she’s my subordinate and she’s hurt. I can’t take away the pain and I can’t fix her ankles, but I can sing. I’m going to make a little money and help her feel better.”Glass Onion plans to produce at least 100 CDs after tonight’s show, selling each for $10 and donating the proceeds to Newman’s recovery. Traveler’s insurance will cover her two-night stay at Valley View Hospital, but the ankle surgeries may need to be paid out-of-pocket, Newman said.”We’re trying to do things right,” Martin said. “We want to get her home so she can heal up and come back next year.”Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext. email@example.com
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