Saturday concert to raise funds for local Dennis Bopp
EDWARDS ” Four years ago, Avon resident Dennis Bopp was active. He had a profession he knew well and could support his family with. That all changed in a few fateful moments. He was working from scaffolding 8 feet in the air when the unthinkable happened: He fell.
That was 2002. Today, rather than being a scary moment relegated to the past, Bopp is still struggling with debilitating pain. He is forced to walk with a cane, as his right foot drags and makes him unsteady, and he can no longer feel his right hand. Discouraging enough, these persistent medical problems have forced Bopp to quit the only line of work he knows and sent his family into a spiral of financial woes.
On Saturday at 6 p.m., Gracious Savior Lutheran Church will host a fundraiser to benefit Bopp and his family. Christian singer-songwriter-author Danny Oertli will perform in concert at the church. The concert is free, but a free-will offering will be collected to aid Bopp financially and to help set him on a new, promising future.
Bopp has lived in the valley for 25 years, and had been with All Valley Construction six years when the accident happened. As a dry-waller and a steel-stud framer, he was working high on a scaffold on May 13, 2002, when he fell and landed on his back. The fall caused severe damage to his sciatic nerve and to his back.
Bopp did begin receiving workman’s compensation after the first year following his fall. But, he said, that year without the compensation and without being able to return to work caused financial setbacks, leaving him struggling to make mortgage payments and to support his family.
This month, too, he received his first Social Security check, after what seemed an endless three-year wait. Yet he and his family continue to struggle to catch up financially from the year without income.
With his continuing physical disabilities, he cannot return to his former profession. So Bopp is hoping to attend classes at Colorado Mountain College to learn new skills to give him entry into another segment of the workplace.
Bopp said he is “tired of being hurt and down,” and he is “eager to find other opportunities.”
The fundraiser and Danny Oertli concert to benefit Bopp on Saturday was made possible through a private donation. The singer-songwriter is known for his intensely personal and poetic songs, born of his love for his wife, Cyndi. A news release said, “you’ll laugh, weep and sense God’s healing power at work in our hurting world” through Oertli’s music.