Sharpe family and friends hold benefit social for Nolan Smith

The Portage Citizen
Submitted by Kathy Bryce
An adopted family motto “We may not have it all together, but together we have it all”, is behind a family effort to raise funds to help one of their own rehabilitate following a horrendous accident.

Having just celebrated his 39th birthday, Nolan Smith was in a diving accident resulting in a broken neck 18 months ago.

Family members report immediate surgery saved his life, but Smith was left mostly paralyzed and requires intense therapy. “This particular therapy is not covered under our Manitoba Medical,” says family member Kathy Bryce. “This surgery saved his life, but he is left mostly paralyzed from the neck down and requires intensive rehabilitation to regain mobility and independence.  This rehabilitation comes at a very high cost,” Bryce said.

“On March 23, I am hosting a benefit social for my cousin’s step-son at the Myers Norris Penny Building. We are a very large close knit family who stand by each other through thick and thin. My entire family will be providing the entertainment.”

Nolan Smith is Randy Panko’s stepson.

The money raised will go towards the extra physiotherapy, massage therapy which includes craniosacral therapy, acupuncture and one on one treatment specifically designed for spinal cord injuries.

Entertainment begins at 8 p.m. in this order: The Sharpe Sisters: cousins Megan and Jennifer Gair, Northern Reflections, the whole Sharpe Family, Johnny Dietrich & Kicking Up Dust and the Jimmy Sharpe Band

There are several ways to purchase tickets or to make a donation:

Tickets available at Panko’s Food Store, Wash Stop in Portage la Prairie, or myself (Kathy Bryce)

or the website:

The social takes place March 23, 2019 at the MNP Building from 8 pm to 1 am. Tickets only $15.00 each and are available at Panko’s Food Store; Wash Stop; and from myself. Support tickets also available at Panko’s or if you would like to leave a donation, please contact me, Kathy Bryce at 204-871-6137 or or donations can be made at the Stride Credit Union in Portage la Prairie – Kathy Bryce In Trust For Nolan Smith

“Please join my family this Saturday in support of Nolan Smith. Thank you, everyone, for all the support you have given to our family of musicians.”

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