Benefit for Wisecup Sunday

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— In Oak Creek, residents say they have a tradition of helping people in need. Whether its cooking a dinner, cleaning house, lending an ear, or pitching in for a benefit dinner or car wash, people believe in helping their neighbors.

In the case of Debby Wisecup, it's no different.

Wisecup suffered from a spontaneous brain bleed June 27 and spent 40 days in a Denver hospital before returning to Routt County to live in the Doak Walker Care Center during her recovery.

Her husband, Chuck Wisecup, is the chief of the Oak Creek Fire Protection District and a fourth-generation Routt County resident. After working for the town for 20 years, he became fire chief Jan. 1.

Changing jobs meant finding his own insurance plan, but a few days before his wife got sick, he found out his family had been rejected by their first-choice insurance carrier.

Although Medicaid is covering Debby's expenses while she's at Doak Walker, Chuck said he hasn't yet found out if it will cover her $200,000 hospital stay in Denver, which does not include bills from doctors and specialists.

Oak Creek residents are doing everything they can to help, such as holding car washes, setting up a bank account for donations, and calling constantly.

They also have put together a benefit for Debby Wisecup.

The event will take place from 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday in Decker Park. There will be beer, food -- including pizzas from Pisa's and barbecue sandwiches from Rachel's Smokin' BBQ -- and music.

All proceeds from the event will go to the Wisecups.

Three bands are playing, said Ahlsa Light, who is organizing the event.

Blue Rooster, the band that played for Labor Day, is headlining the night. In Flight and Independence Unlimited, both of which are local bands, also will play. Morgan Systems will donate help with sound, Light said.

"People have been great," Light said. People have been calling constantly, asking what they can do. For instance, a man from Amerigas called and donated a new $750 grill.

"I don't know him," Light said. "He said Chuck's a good customer of his, and he wants to do something to help out."

Chuck and Debby are expected to make an appearance, Light said.

Light said that she's glad she can help out, even though it's taken a lott of work.

"Chuck's chief, and if my house burned now, I know he'd be there. And Debby works at a doctors office," Light said. "They're community people, and they've dedicated their lives to helping people."

Light said that everyone across the county should come, if they can.

"We're a close knit community in Oak Creek, but also I think that extends to Steamboat, and I like to think people care," she said.



-- To reach Susan Bacon, call 871-4203

or e-mail sbacon@steamboatpilot.com

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