2009-12-03 / Religion & Family

Dinner to benefit Carl Smith

Carl Smith Carl Smith A fund-raiser is planned for 34-year resident of Houghton Lake Carl Smith, 53, who is suffering from a respiratory condition and is on life support at University of Michigan Hospital, Ann Arbor.

Terri MacKenzie and Mark Gebhardt, friends of Smith and owners of Bunker’s Restaurant, will host a spaghetti dinner fund-raiser at the restaurant Dec. 6 from 4 to 7 p.m.

In addition to the dinner there will be raffles, 50/50 drawings and a silent auction. All proceeds will go toward Smith’s medical bills and related expenses not covered by his insurance.

Smith was first taken by ambulance to Mercy Hospital, Grayling, then to Munson Medical Center, Traverse City. He remains in critical condition, but is no longer in an isolated room in the Cardiovascular Center’s Intensive Care Unit. He has been fighting Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome since early November. He was also suffering from the H1N1 virus, but has recovered from that. He has a collapsed lung and is on dialysis.

Smith is a self-employed painter in the Roscommon County area. He and his wife, Marlene Woodworth-Smith, a nurse at Mercy Hospital, Grayling, have two children, Samantha, a Houghton Lake High School graduate, and Spencer, a senior at the high school.

Woodworth-Smith, who is asking for prayers for her husband, said he was feeling fine until a few days after a Halloween party.

“He was totally healthy,” she said. “I just want him home.”

For information or to provide support, call Marlene Woodworth-Smith at 821-8132.

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