Canvas Cafe and Bakery serves up benefit for quadriplegic man
by Sally Litchfield
May 16, 2013 12:00 AM | 2707 views | 1 1 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Pain Solutions Treatment Center employee Sandra May and Canvas Food & Bakery COO Mark Herrmann look over some of the donated prizes for a May 18 benefit being conducted for Pain Solutions employee Charles Tumulak. Tumulak sustained an obstacle course injury, leaving him a quadriplegic.  <br>Staff/Kelly J. Huff
Pain Solutions Treatment Center employee Sandra May and Canvas Food & Bakery COO Mark Herrmann look over some of the donated prizes for a May 18 benefit being conducted for Pain Solutions employee Charles Tumulak. Tumulak sustained an obstacle course injury, leaving him a quadriplegic.
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Canvas Café and Bakery will cook on to Fight for a Warrior, Charles Tumulak, on May 18. Injured while competing in an obstacle race, 46-year-old Tumulak faces a new battle.

The benefit for Tumulak at the eatery from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. features a silent auction, food, drinks and fun. Canvas will donate all revenues raised above costs to support Tumulak and his family. Canvas is dedicated to working for the community through events such as this one.

“It’s amazing. People have stepped up left and right to support (Charles). It’s a great testament to the type person he is,” said his youngest sister Kai Recchiam, a resident of Connecticut.

On March 23, Tumulak who worked in the billing department at Pain Solutions near WellStar Kennestone Hospital, participated in the run.

“It was the ninth obstacle race he had run. Charles was a marathoner, runner and pursued cross fit,” she said.

On the Cargo Net obstacle, runners have to tackle a 15-foot high wooden structure draped with a cargo net where the goal is to climb one side, barrel roll over and come down the other side. While Tumulak was crossing the obstacle, he lost his balance. His right foot caught in the net, turning him upside down as he fell 15 feet.

Tumulak suffered numerous injuries including a broken vertebrate (subaxial fracture) in his neck.

“(The injury) is known as a hangman’s fracture. People know it better as a Christopher Reeves fracture,” Recchiam said.

As a result of the fall, Tumulak is a quadriplegic. He has been recovering at Shepherd Spinal Center in Atlanta with an expected release date of May 28. The Marietta resident will go home to live with his parents in Lilburn where their garage is being renovated for him.

Recchiam said that the cost of an average six-week stay at Shepherd outside of what insurance pays is about $75,000. Tumulak and his family will also incur remodeling costs to the home and his monthly medical costs will be about $5,000.

“All of lives have to change. It’s tough. We are all adults with families, children. Some of us are out of state. Knowing the kind of person Charles is makes it easier to sacrifice. Charles lived his life for others and to do things for others,” Recchiam said.

“There are times when we don’t know what the next step is and we feel lost. Somehow we get through everyday and the sacrifices are worth it because of Charles. He’s worth every single action or sleepless night or long day we get through,” she said.

“It will be tough for Charles for a long time. Everything that made him who he was is still there. Everything that made him Charles — the brother, the partner, the uncle — everything we love is still there. We’ll get through it,” Recchiam said.

The eatery is at 724 Cherokee St., Marietta.

Visit www.canvas

foods.com.
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May 16, 2013
Canvas is an excellent restaurant run and owned by excellent people. It does not surprise me that they are putting together a function to help someone in need. Kudos to you Canvas.
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