Chris Gerard, who owns Bare Hands Brewery in Granger, suffered a brain injury earlier this month.
His family posted this picture last night, along with the good news that Chris was released from the hospital into out-patient therapy.
Also, they say the outpouring of support from the community has been amazing. More than $20,000 has already been raised.
Here is the rest of what the family released on the Bare Hands Brewery Facebook page:
Doctors gave us – the Gerard family - the okay to release him from St. Joseph Regional Medical Center on Wednesday, and he will begin out-patient therapy on Thursday. His progress has been remarkable in the last week and everything is looking up moving forward. He even stopped by the brewery to say hi to the crew and has been able to spend more time with Kim and the kids!
In the meantime, the community outreach and support from family, friends, Bare Hands customers - and folks we don’t even know - has been huge. As of 9:00 pm Thursday night our fundraising page (link below) has raised over $19,000 and the June 23 “Raise a Pint for Chris” Benefit Golf Outing/Dinner/Auction at Knollwood Country Club (again, link below) is starting to fill up. Every cent raised goes to help Chris and his family pay their medical bills.
If you've been lucky enough to visit the brewery in the last week you may have noticed the guys pouring some of Chris's best beers yet - they have plenty from before his injury - and raising even more for Chris and his family. Further, we keep getting word of local, and regional, businesses finding ways to help; tap take-overs, percentages of sales, in-store fundraisers…all from people who care, and people who want to help. As we continue to get that list together we will do our best to keep everyone updated, and make sure to recognize those who have stepped up to help.
Local news media have also gotten wind of our efforts and have taken Chris’s story on to help spread the word. Many thanks to WNDU and WSBT (links below) for their stories in the last couple days. Also watch for something from Heidi Prescott in the South Bend Tribune soon.
The bottom line is that we are incredibly fortunate to live in a community like this, to have the love and support of friends and family like we do, and to experience the pleasure of meeting so many great people through Chris and his dedication to brewing fantastic beer. Chris is getting better but the medical bills are not going away. Please continue to spread the word and help us raise money for he and his family, join us for the golf outing, and most importantly…#raiseapintforchris !