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Danville Express

Newsfront - September 11, 2009

Friends set up fund for Danville councilman

Mike Shimansky faces a long recovery

by Dolores Fox Ciardelli

Councilman Mike Shimansky's condition is stable, say friends, but the bills are inevitably mounting.

David Miller, owner of Ultimate Security, and Councilwoman Karen Stepper have organized a support fund for the family to help defray expenses.

"To the many people Mike Shimansky has touched and those who may not even know him, here is a way to say, 'Thank You,'" said Miller

Shimansky and his wife Sue were visiting their family in San Diego when Mike was suddenly struck with bacterial meningitis, on Aug. 17. The disease resulted in complication including the amputation of both of his legs below the knee. He was kept in a drug-induced coma for a period of time.

"Although he appears to be coming out of a coma state, Mike faces a long recovery," said Miller. "Mike's long stay in ICU and medical costs beyond insurance coverage are mounting, plus home accessibility, high tech mobility, and many more future costs required to accommodate him."

Miller said that Mike and Sue Shimansky would never ask for donations but many of his friends wanted to do something to help so they set up the account.

"Most of us can donate something, but every one of us can pray for Mike, his family, the doctors and staff who are treating him," said Miller. "So many of us want to give back to them in some way, and this is something we can do."

Checks may be made payable to David Miller or Karen Stepper (FBO) Mike Shimansky and sent to:

Kevin Schwartz, Branch Manager

Wells Fargo Bank

156 Diablo Road

Danville 94526

Besides being a councilman, Shimansky is extremely involved in the community as well as helping out at the state and national level. He traveled to New Orleans to join American Red Cross efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and he helped out with the wildfires in San Diego County in 2007. He was instrumental in the establishment of the All Wars Memorial at Oak Hill Park, and serves on regional committees.

Officials at the Town of Danville have said well wishers can direct e-mails to shimansky@msn.com. Get well cards can be sent in care of the Town Offices, 510 La Gonda Way, Danville 94526. They will be forwarded to the Shimansky family.

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