Let's get him home

Darren 'Bud' Gottaas and his wife Karen and son Jed Gottaas with the Benefit for Bud fundraising event team Michelle Sandry, Belinda Bleimuth, Josh Katrivesis, Margot Batty, Jackie Katrivesis and Kristie O'Hara, Picture Eliza Winkler

Darren 'Bud' Gottaas and his wife Karen and son Jed Gottaas with the Benefit for Bud fundraising event team Michelle Sandry, Belinda Bleimuth, Josh Katrivesis, Margot Batty, Jackie Katrivesis and Kristie O'Hara, Picture Eliza Winkler

AFTER a series of major strokes and blood clots Darren ‘Bud’ Gottaas is taking one step at a time in the hope of eventually going home. 

In February, Bud suffered six strokes and a dissected vertebral artery which lead to multiple clots in the brain. Doctors believe the incident may have been a side effect of radiotherapy treatment Bud received as a child for Leukaemia.

As Bud’s health began to rapidly decline, tests revealed another clot was blocking the blood supply to his lower brain which required a specialised operation that only a few hospitals in NSW could undertake. He was flown to Liverpool Hospital and the operation was successful. 

Against all odds, Bud is on the road to recovery and amazing doctors with his daily progression. He is currently undergoing an intensive rehab program to regain his mobility and speech. 

With a goal of making it possible for Bud to return home, to his son Jed and wife Karen, a fundraiser will be held to help remodel the family home to accommodate wheelchair access. 

The Benefit for Bud-Let’s get Him Home will be held at The Central Hotel, Shellharbour City on Friday, August 29 at 6pm.

Fundraising coordinator Belinda Bleimuth said the organising team and the hotel hoped to raise as much money as possible to help Bud regain his independence and quality of life.

“We hope we can make life easier for Bud, Karen and Jed,” she said.

“One hundred per cent of the money raised will go to the house for renovations and to provide a wheelchair-friendly environment. 

“Some of the money will also give the family some financial support.”

Earlier this year Central Hotel helped to raise more than $37,000 for 17-year-old stroke victim Joshua Katrievis, who has joined the organising team for Bud’s benefit.  

Tickets are $65 and can be purchased by email bel@pub.com.au or phone 4296 6619. At the event there will be entertainment, a grand auction, a raffle and more.

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