Benefit to be held for Brandon Bushmire
Brandon Bushmire remains hospitalized one year after he was struck by a car last September. His friends and family are hosting a spaghetti dinner to raise money for Bushmire’s in-home care once he is released. The benefit will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday.
While walking with friends last year, Brandon Bushmire was struck by a car near the Indiana University of Pennsylvania campus, where he was studying business. Fourteen months after that Sept. 8 accident, the 21-year-old remains hospitalized at UPMC’s inpatient rehabilitation facility.
Last month, the South Fayette Township native underwent his sixth surgery to change a shunt in his brain. According to his father, Alan, Bushmire is still unable to walk or eat on his own. He relies on a tube in his stomach for nourishment but health professionals are trying to introduce pureed foods to him.
Meanwhile, Bushmire’s family and friends are encouraging folks to eat spaghetti on his behalf.
After a successful fundraiser in January, they have organized a second spaghetti dinner, dubbed Brandon’s Battle Benefit Dinner II.
Catered by Claudio’s Pizzeria & Ristorante, the benefit will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the South Fayette Volunteer Fire Department.
Tickets are $15 per adult and $7 per child and will be available for purchase at the door.
Money raised from the event will be applied to Bushmire’s in-home care once he is released from the rehabilitation facility.
It will support the things not covered by the family’s insurance.
Proceeds from the first dinner, attended by more than 2,000 people, were used to remodel the his father’s home in North Strabane Township to accommodate his needs, which will include daily nursing care. “It would not have happened if it wasn’t for everyone’s help,” Alan said.
The man who hit Bushmire, Anthony Royster of Philadelphia, pleaded guilty in late September to driving under the influence of alcohol and reckless driving. He was sentenced to 48 hours in jail, placed on six months of probation and ordered to surrender his driver’s license, court records indicate.
Bushmire’s condition continues to improve and he is beginning to talk.
“Voicing comes and goes,” Alan said. “When prompted he says yes and no.”
Alan said his son has a limited range of mobility on the right side of his body. His right arm is immobile. But, Bushmire continues to battle through things, added his dad. The family is encouraged.
“Things are looking up for Brandon,” Alan said. “He’s definitely better, but he still has a long road to recovery.”
Scheduled to come home soon, Brandon plans to attend the dinner.
“At least for a half-hour,” his father said, “Depending on how he’s feeling that day.”