Early on Christmas morning, 2016, Paco Aschwanden woke up with an unbearable pain in his back. By the time he got to his phone, his legs were going numb. He was airlifted to Albuquerque, and in the chopper, he realized he had lost all feeling below his waist. By the time Paco went into surgery, he was completely paralyzed.
Paco had suffered an extraordinarily rare spinal cord stroke, and was fortunate that the doctors identified it quickly enough to identify the problem, and perform a risky procedure, removing a piece of his spine to relieve the pressure. As Christmas ended, it was not clear if Paco would walk again.
Less than four months later, Paco has made a miraculous recovery. Thanks to his commitment to a grueling regiment of physical therapy, and the inspiring positive attitude that we all know him for, Paco has relearned how to walk. He even went for his first bike ride this week. Next up: hiking.
But the episode left him with devestating medical bills. As a key member of Santa Fe’s arts community, and a long-time projectionist at the CCA, Paco has a huge extended family of friends who want to help ease the financial pain. We have put together Potluck for Paco, a dinner and screening to help offset the costs, which could reach more than $20,000.
It takes place Thursday, May 4 at the CCA.
6:30p-7:30p Potluck dinner, food provided by the Friends of Paco $10/plate
6:30p-7:30p Silent auction, with juicy items from around Santa Fe, including restaurant gift certificates, coupons for local services, and a Cinematheque Annual Pass
7:30p-9p Screening: Silent Short surprise, with live accompaniment, followed by Buster Keaton’s SHERLOCK JR. $10/ticket
If you can’t attend, here are other ways to support:
1. We will be accepting bids on the silent auction items on Friday, April 14 and Saturday, April 14 to start. Visit www.ccasantafe.org for a listing and bid sheet.
2. Thanks to the enormous generosity of MeowWolf, We also will be auctioning, via Ebay, a lifetime membership, value $1000 AND NO LONGER BEING SOLD!
3. To donate directly, visit Paco’s GoFundMe page. (Link to Come!)
4. A donation jar will be available in the CCA lobby on an ongoing basis.
Every dollar benefits Paco.