An Update on Rachel Widomski
& Julie Liu
The reason I'm saying all of this is because Rachel
family, regardless of their prior financial situation, need help.
for example: a (server) friend of mine had a heart attack last year.
didn't have insurance.
was back to waiting table 2 weeks later, and then received his
bill in the mail: $115,000.
Yes, the bill for a heart attack is nearly as much as my house.
could do was laugh about it - "what am I supposed to do with this?
Put it on the fridge?!"
My friend Kelly, also a server, who donated a kidney earlier this year, was not provided any sort of disability.
had to save enough money to pay her
bills for the month she
was going to be out of work so that she
could save her
Bartender, artist, and OSU student Rachel Widomski has suffered severe spinal cord injuries.
has displayed remarkable strength throughout the ordeal, Rachel
will be permanently paralyzed as a result of her
rehabilitation will be extensive due to the severity of the spinal cord injuries.
The Rachel Widomski Medical Care Trust
has been set up at Huntington Bank
Anyone may make donations in person or mail checks to any Huntington Bank
Online donations are being accepted at www.haikuhelp.com.
Paul Liu, co-owner of Haiku and husband of Julie Liu, states that "even though Julie's condition is not certain at this time, I would like to place our focus on Rachel" in reference to fundraising and benefit efforts.
is a native of Youngstown, Ohio.
has been in Columbus 6 years.
She had recently begun pursuit of a bachelors in fine arts at The Ohio State University.
parents and family have come to be by her
side to help her
through this inconceivably difficult time.
The community is rallying to help the family manage the challenge of costs related to lodging, food and travel.
Hotel rooms, dining certificates and cash donations are vital.
Rachel's prognosis indicates she
will be hospitalized for months.
will need the support of her
family close at hand to face the challenges that await her
In response to this catastrophic event, friends and family of Rachel
and Julie are planning a three-day series of benefit events that will raise money to help assist the victims and their families throughout their recovery.
1. Tip Drive: Through her work at Haiku, Rachel was a "family member" of both the Short North Arts District and the restaurant community.
2. Artwork Silent Auction: Rachel
studied art at The Ohio State University
and is herself a budding Ohio artist.
Rachel's, Julie's, and Haiku's impact on the arts community will be demonstrated through a silent auction of local artist's works.
This will be held at The Art Exchange (17 E. Brickel Street in the Short North).
All proceeds from the auction will be donated to the recovery fund.
Full details will be posted at haikuhelp.com
and shortnorth.org beginning May 29.
3. A Place of Reflection: The storefront at 650 N. High Street will be transformed into an elegant showcase of the two women's lives.
This is a place where visitors can reflect, write letters to Julie and Rachel
, read updates about their recovery progress, and learn how to make contributions to the fund.
This website will also be an ongoing source of information about the recovery of both Julie and Rachel
, and a calendar of planned events to continue the support efforts well into the future.
Thursday night, in an incomprehensible act of senseless violence, Haiku owner Julie Liu and Haiku server Rachel Widomski were purposefully run over by a diner who ran out on his check.
According to the Dispatch
, Ms Liu is in serious condition and Ms Widomski
is in critical condition - very serious, from what I understand from her friends.
I do not know Rachel Widomski
, but as a professional server, I can tell you that most of us either have no insurance, or have very little.
Please pray/send good thoughts/energy/whatever your method of choice, for Julie and especially Rachel
, who is facing possibly life-threatening injuriess.
Rachel is an emerging artist whose work was featured in Haiku.
So Julie and Rachel
, please know our thoughts are with you, and we wish you nothing but full recoveries.