Printing Employee On the Mend —CagleJune 2010
THE LAST thing I want to do is repeatedly come to you, the readers, with hat in hand, even on behalf of someone else. The Jim Reilly case was somewhat different, because rotten luck and tragedy had visited him repeatedly. But, there is another cause afoot where someone is trying to help out a printing industry employee who is a little down on his luck.
You may recall the case of Lon Martinsen, who works for Grafix Screen Printing in Cotati, CA. Martinsen lost his right hand, temporarily, following an accident in early April while using a cutter. The re-attachment surgery seems to be a success, but Martinsen has a long road back. Now Michele Holman, plant manager with Grafix, is putting together a fund on behalf of her injured co-worker. This is the letter she sent out to customers, vendors and community leaders:
"As many of you already know, we have had an unfortunate accident at our place of business. One of our pressmen, Lon Martinsen, cut his hand off in a Dexter cutter on April 5. This accident has left him unable to work. Lon is a single father (who) pays child support for two teenagers. To help Lon through this tough time we have set up a trust account at Exchange Bank.
Lon Martinsen Trust Fund
c/o Exchange Bank
6290 Commerce Blvd.
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Account No. 1080041914
"Lon was taken down to California Pacific Medical Center where they reattached his hand, and the doctors are amazed at how well he is doing. He is having physical therapy, sometimes daily. This is going to be a really tough time for him. The doctors have told him that it may take 8-10 months of hard work to regain use of his hand.
"I know times like these are hard for everyone, but any contribution would be very much appreciated. If you have any questions, please feel free to give me a call at (707) 794-9988."
Martinsen dropped in to say hello a few weeks following the accident, according to Holman, and encouraged his fellow workers by being able to wiggle several of his fingers. He will definitely be on the shelf for some time, so if you wish to make some sort of contribution to his cause, it will certainly help him.
In addition, I would like to thank those individuals who inquired about helping Jim Reilly. I will provide an update on how things are going for him when new information is available.