Peninsula High School Grad On the Mend

August 8, 2008

Local teen and dad get support comfort from GH community.

By Scott Turner


Friends of the Blunk are hosting a fundraiser to help with the medical costs for Megan Blunk 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Inn of Gig Harbor, 3211 56th Street NW.

There will be a classic car and motorcycle show at noon, said event coordinator Xochi Madera.

“We plan on having a good time raising money for them. We will have live music, an auction and raffle, food and more,” Madera added. Her group is actively accepting donation items for the auction. For information, contact Madera at or call (253) 377-1642.

Megan Blunk is at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, recovering from a serious motorcycle accident.

Blunk, 18, of Gig Harbor was the passenger of a 1999 Yamaha YZ driven by James Venglar, 19, of Belfair.

On Sunday July 20, the pair crashed while riding on NE North Shore Road, just west of Belfair.

According to State Patrol reports, the two hit a cement wall barrier, and were ejected from the bike.

Both were airlifted to Harborview.

Venglar sustained a leg fracture and Blunk, a recent Peninsula High School grad, has serious neck, spine, shoulder and other injuries.

Blunk’s dad, David Blunk, said that Megan has had multiple spinal operations, and at this time has no movement in the muscles from her knees to her toes.

Blunk said his daughter is a fighter, and she will never give up hope that she will be able to walk again.

“I hope to dear God that I never have to experience the agony of watching my daughter in so much pain again,” Blunk said, from the hospital.

Blunk has not left her side since the accident. He said her nurses said her room is the most decorated in the entire hospital.

David Blunk, a well-know massage therapist, knows plenty of people, and has put his healing hands on thousands in his Gig Harbor Inn-based business.

He has a history of working long hours on cancer patients for free.

Kati Wright, a manager at the hotel, is helping others to help David and Megan by opening their doors (and lot) for a Sept. 14, fundraiser event.

“We are doing this because Dave is a part of our community and he’s a friend of the Inn, who happens to run his business here,” Wright said.

She said that David is one of the most compassionate persons she has ever met.

“We at The Inn of Gig Harbor appreciate what he does for the cancer patients in our community and are doing our part to help give back to him and his sweet daughter,” Wright added.

“I have always known that this is a helping town, but until this happened to Megan, I never realized the tenacity behind the support of the people. It’s just simply overwhelming,” Blunk said.

He also stated that he’s not certain how much his insurance is going to cover, and that he truly appreciates the fundraising efforts of the many who planned the event to support him and his daughter.

“If I have to sell my house to make her better I will,” Blunk added.

He wants people to know that Meagan is also well aware of all their thoughts and the heartfelt prayers given to her.

“She is stable and is going to make it through this, but please continue to pray for my little girl, she’s such a winner,” Blunk said.

Donations can be made at any Columbia Bank, under “donation account Megan Blunk.” For more information about the fundraiser event, contact Xochi Madera at (253) 377-1642.

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