Benefunk

Support for Courtney, a non-profit organization in Burlington, is putting on a benefit concert to raise monetary support for Courtney Blasius, a recent graduate of the UVM class of 2007, who suffered an unpredictable cardiac arrest on Sept. 12.This upcoming Wednesday, Dec. 5, there will be a benefit concert featuring several local bands at Club Metronome on Main Street to help raise money for Courtney’s medical bills. Burlyjacks, IamYouAre, Brother’s Through Glass and more will all be performing in the one rock-filled evening.During Courtney’s heart attack, her heart stopped beating for several minutes, causing her brain to be severely damaged from the lack of oxygen, and she subsequently fell into a coma. After spending three weeks in the intensive care unit at Fletcher Allen Health Care, doctors were unsure if she could ever recover from her near vegetative state.Since that time, Courtney has made great progress with many thanks due to her family, friends, UVM professors and a dedicated medical staff.While at Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center in New Hampshire, Courtney has regained her ability to talk, eat basic foods and walk.To get daily updates about Courtney, or make a donation online, check out http://www.supportforcourtney.com.As health insurance will only cover a portion of the treatments she will need over the next few years, the work of Support for Courtney is imperative to her continued progress. Courtney’s improvement will en?able her to take part in activities she once enjoyed at UVM through organizations such as the Cycling Team and the Outing Club. Many upcoming events are planned to raise money for Courtney’s recovery and Benefunk, the upcoming concert on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at Club Metronome, will be the first.The show kicks off at 9 p.m. and the $6 entrance donation will go to?wards Courtney’s recovery. Benefunk will not only be a great way to unwind on the second to last day of classes, but this great time will also support a worthy cause.