Forever Changed

GERRY – Randy Goodwill, 30, of Jamestown, never saw it coming. On his way to help a friend harvest a deer, as he passed through an intersection at 9 a.m. on Oct. 10, an oncoming car, which ran a red light, crashed into his driver’s side door. Blacking out, Goodwill came to as his own car hit a parked car.

After being trapped in his car for 40 minutes, Goodwill was flown by Starflight to UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pa. with a shattered pelvis, ruptured diaphragm, collapsed lung and broken ribs – his spleen would later be removed as well. Now permanently disabled, a benefit for Goodwill will be held on Sunday at noon at the Gerry Rodeo Grounds at 4351 Route 60 in Gerry to help pay for the medical and physical therapy bills, as well as upcoming bills, ongoing rehabilitation and other day-to-day expenses.

Growing up in Sinclairville, Goodwill went to Cassadaga Valley and Jamestown schools, eventually working at The Post-Journal where he worked for the last two years in the press room.

He married two years ago, and on Aug. 23 his first child was born prematurely. His wife needed to be flown via Starflight to the hospital for the birth.

He enjoys hunting, fishing and construction – a family-oriented man who helps others without a second thought and likes to do things right.

“If you need his help, he’s there,” said Sharon Goodwill, his grandmother. She said he’s the type of person who goes above and beyond.

Goodwill needed to move to a downstairs apartment due to struggling with climbing stairs. While he no longer needs a walker, he still uses a cane.

The benefit will include live music, a Chinese auction, prize drawings and a spaghetti dinner. Tickets are $10 each and for more information or to make a donation, contact Cindy Goodwill at 499-0315 or Jeanna Rushforth at 450-4370.