Lucas Arseneau is on the road to recovery — and his family is so thankful.
Arseneau, a 2014 Bishop McNamara Catholic High School graduate and a Monee police officer, fell out of a tree while playing with his girlfriend’s nephew March 23. He hit his head on a branch on the way down.
“When he went into the hospital [at Riverside Medical Center], it was not good,” said Lucas’ dad, Mike Arseneau, of Kankakee. “Luckily, the hospital’s nuerosurgeons got there right away. … Everything kind of fell into place.”
Lucas suffered a subdural hematoma and underwent two brain surgeries. He was hospitalized at Riverside Medical Center for three weeks. He was then transferred to Shirley Ryan Ability Lab in Chicago for two weeks. Shirley Ryan specializes in rehabbing patients who’ve suffered trauma such as brain injuries.
“He’s doing wonderful,” Mike said. “He’s in outpatient rehab, and he’s here living with us. He’s got all his mobility, and his speech is back to normal. To me, he’s doing wonderful.”
But with any catastrophic injuries, the medical bills that insurance doesn’t fully cover, can add up. The community stepped up.
There’s a benefit, You’ve Got A Friend In Me (Lucas Strong) from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday at the Knights of Columbus hall at 187 S. Indiana Ave. in Kankakee, featuring music, raffles, a silent auction and split the pot. Food will be available for purchase, and there will be a cash bar.
The Cosmic Rewind Band plays from 6:30-7:30 p.m., followed by Kankakeeland’s Very Own The Silhouettes from 8 to 10:30 p.m.
“I’m a member of the Knights of Columbus, and the membership wanted to help us out,” Mike said. “My wife’s [Danielle] dad [Rich LeDuke) is in the Silhouettes so they wanted to help out, too.”
Jerry Downs, one of the lead vocalist for The Silhouettes was more than happy to assist the Arseneaus.
“Oh, without a doubt,” Downs said. “Both bands are donating their time. We’re donating the show. We’re hoping a lot of people will show up. Tickets are available at the door.”
Tickets are $25 per person and can also be purchased in advance at King Music, 505 W. Broadway St. in Bradley, Veronda’s Music at 1030 N. Kennedy Drive in Kankakee and at the Knights of Columbus.
“We’re trying to stay active and give back to the community,” Downs said.
Lucas still has some reoccurring headaches and dizziness and goes to his outpatient rehab appointments at Shirley Ryan’s facility in Homewood.
“The doctors thought he would still be in the hospital,” Mike said. “He’s doing so well just two months after the accident.”
Lucas is hoping to get back to work at Monee in October or November.
“The people in this community are unbelievable,” Mike said. “We’ve had so much support.”