Fund-raisers set to help Westborough's Jim Gingras

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By Bonnie Adams, Government Editor

Rachel and Jim Gingras

Westborough – On June 29, life changed forever for 37-year-old Westborough resident Jim Gingras, when he was involved in a serious motorcycle accident in Worcester. Against the odds, Jim survived, but he was severely injured and is paralyzed from the waist down. He now faces months, if not years, of rehabilitation. Compounding this tragedy is the fact that Jim, a devoted father, will be handicapped when caring for his children, 12-year-old Avery and six-month-old Aiden.

This is not the first misfortune to strike the Gingras family. Jim's father (“Big Jim”) passed away from complications resulting from Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 2007. His mother, Joann, also suffers from advanced MS.

Jim and his family will be facing many challenges in the years ahead, but friends have been rallying to help them. His supporters have planned a series of fund-raisers. The first, a giant Yard Sale/Fun Day will be held Saturday, Sept. 17 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 53 East Main St., Westborough (the site of the former Tufts Machine Tool Company Inc.). In addition to the giant yard sale, there will be an auction featuring prizes such as restaurant gift certificates, and kids will enjoy face painting and a magic show by Fran Flynn.

Anyone wishing to donate items may call Barbara Bowman at 508-330-4209 for details.

Another fund-raiser will be held Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 17 Willow St., Westborough. More details will be forthcoming.

To donate to the fund for Jim's expenses or to learn about the upcoming events, go to www.jimgingrasfund.org.