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Nevada County rallies to help Peter Lance, paralyzed arborist

Dave Brooksher
Staff Writer

Peter Lance and his family

Fundraisers are being organized to help cover medical costs and family expenses for Peter Lance, a 52-year-old arborist from Alta Sierra. Lance was paralyzed from the waist down on Dec. 21, 2013, when he fell 50 feet while working at a home in Folsom.

Lance is currently recovering in the rehab unit of Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento. His condition has been described as "fair+" on the blog his family set up at

His father, Wayne Lance, says that Peter is lucid and doing very well emotionally. Peter doesn't remember the accident, but his memory of the work he was doing before the injury seems to be intact, his father said.

"The community has really risen up, and that makes everyone very happy," Wayne told The Union by phone from Sun City, Ariz.

"He's very appreciative of what the therapists and medical staff are doing for him," Wayne said. "And he's very appreciative when he hears what all the people in the community are doing."

Friends have been helping the Lance family cut firewood so they can sell it on Craigslist and assisting with child care so that Kate, Peter's wife, can spend time at the hospital.

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A spaghetti feed has been scheduled at the Nevada County Fairgrounds from 4 to 9 p.m., Saturday. Organizers will be charging $10 a plate, and they're asking the community to RSVP so they can be sure to have enough food.

A bingo night hosted by actor and comedian Steve Hytner has also been scheduled for 6-8:30 p.m., Jan. 31, at the Grass Valley Charter School, 225 S. Auburn St. Fifteen dollars buys eight games with three cards for each game.

The fundraisers are being organized by the nonprofit Sierra Nevada Community Health Plan. All donations for Lance's recovery will be tax deductible.

For more information, call Jon at 530-913-4908 or Aryliss at 530-271-3232. You can also find the Sierra Nevada Community Health Plan online at www.

Contact Staff Writer Dave Brooksher at or by phone at 530-477-4230.

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