The Saturday night set at the 9th Annual Bluegrass Festival in Van Wert (Sept 12 – 14) will benefit a former Continental resident. Bluegrass musicians are a family and its their wish to help one of their own – Corey Osborn.
Corey is 35 years old and lived in Continental for most of his life. At last year’s Van Wert Bluegrass Festival, many prayers were lifted up for Corey as he was undergoing tests to find the cause of his debilitating symptoms. His diagnosis was vasculitis. The inflamed artery wall to his brain can block the flow of oxygen-containing blood to the brain, resulting in a loss of brain function. This life altering disease has has left him unable to talk and walk. The vasculitis has gotten better. But the damage is already done. Corey is currently living in a nursing home. His doctor is proposing treatments in a pressure chamber which the insurance has denied. The cost for the treatments are $6000.
Corey is a talented mandolin player and played with the bluegrass band New Outlook for three years. His hope is to regain his ability to walk and talk and to once again have a regular life with his 5 year old daughter. His bluegrass family is inviting everyone to help them make this happen.
On Saturday night at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds, there will be a benefit for Corey to help raise the funds for future treatments. There will be raffles, baskets, and more! Several vendors are donating a portion of their proceeds. The audience will also have the opportunity to request songs with a donation. It will be a fun night with great music and all for a good cause. Its a great line-up of bands: Steve Scott & the Scott Brothers, Harbourtown Bluegrass, Fox-Tail Grass Reunion, and New Outlook.
If you are unable to come to the benefit, organizers are accepting donations via paypal as this insures that all the funds raised will go directly to Corey. For paypall information, email Jeremie at [email protected]
The 9th Annual Bluegrass County Fairgrounds Bluegrass Festival runs Thursday, September 12 to Saturday, September 14. Free camping during the festival with paid admission. This festival has gotten better and better over the years and is now one of the best festivals around with lots of campground jamming. The big barn venue is perfect for enjoying great bluegrass music. Bring your chairs and enjoy the show!