Texas Roadhouse Supports Blake Draeger Recovery with Fundraiser

Eight -year-old Blake Draeger is a living miracle.

Blake was struck by lightening back in June and lives to tell the tale, and a community that supported him through prayer is now reaching out to help financially.

"When I woke up in the hospital," Blake said. "I was like 'Oh, my gosh what happened?' I'm like 'Oh, my gosh did I do something wrong?'"

The lighting struck him on June 26 and left him with a scar, and thanks to his father performing CPR, he has an infectious smile that everyone can enjoy, which is why the Texas Roadhouse hosted a fundraiser for him and his family Sunday.

"When Blake was in the hospital," Chris Draeger said, "Tina from Texas Roadhouse said she wanted to start a fundraiser."

Texas Roadhouse organized the event so that from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 10 percent of food sales went toward the Blake Draeger Recovery Fund to help with medical expenses.

Tina Johnson, Texas Roadhouse local store marketer, said there was an overflowing amount of people who came to support Blake on Sunday.

"Traffic has been wonderful," Johnson said. "We've been busier than normal on a Sunday."

Johnson said this was the first time the restaurant has held a fundraiser for a specific family, however it's fitting since the Draegers are regulars at the restaurant and also family friends.

"Usually when we do our free lunch, people donate $500 for a sandwich, and that's happened today," Johnson said. "People have been whipping out their wallets and writing checks. They are so happy to see him healthy and bouncing off the walls, being an eight-year-old boy."

Enjoying his eight-year-old son is something Blake's father said he appreciates more than ever now, along with the abundance of love from the Wausau community.

"It's wonderful ... everybody here is basically celebrating Blake's life and the fact that he lived and the fact that he's actually a miracle," Chris Draeger said. "It's very touching. A lot of friends and family and a lot of people we don't even know came to support."

Even though Blake may not know everyone who knows his story who visited on Sunday, a couple things are certain: Blake is a living miracle and he is thankful for life.

"I just want to thank all the people praying for me," Blake said.

Johnson said at the end of Sunday night, the Texas Roadhouse raised more than $600 for Blake, and that wasn't counting any private donations the Draeger family may have received during the day.


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