Learning how to walk again will be a miracle for Donnie Manry.
The 24-year veteran of the Bryan Police Department and father of three contracted one of the rarest cases of the West Nile virus in July 2006, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. Doctors originally said he may never walk again, but with determination and the aid of a brace and walker, Manry can now walk short distances.
The Manry family says Donnie's sick leave with the city will end in April, and the insurance company will only cover half of the medical expenses.
Because of that, a barbeque benefit and raffle has been scheduled for April 28 at the Brazos Center. It will start at 11:00 a.m., with plates costing $10, all of which will go to the Manry family. Brisket or sausage sandwiches will be available for $5. Whole and half briskets, as well as smoked sausage can be bought early by calling Mike Southerland at 260-4151.
For more information or if you wish to help with the benefit, please contact Linda Ricketson at 846-1304 or Dub Pearson at 219-2037.
On January 19, Manry left the St. Joseph Rehabilitation Center. The family says he will be scheduled for outpatient rehab daily for five months. The average cost, they say, will be $700 each day.
There has been no prognosis or timeline set for recovery.