After suffering a severe spinal cord injury this summer, a junior at Memorial High School is getting back on his feet.
Zach Caterer is back home, going to school two days a week, and continuing to recover.
Now, family and friends are celebrating all he’s overcome heading into the holiday season, and nothing says Christmas cheer quite like a rock n’ roll concert.
“Christmas should be a time of celebration and joy and togetherness, what can I do to bring people together and just create that festivity feeling?” said Jon Peterson, the organizer.
That answer came in the form of Twas the Night: a Rock N’ Roll concert featuring Remedy Drive, a band from Nashville all to benefit Zach.
“I love Christmas, Christmas for me is just being around all of the people who I love,” Zach Caterer said.
Being surrounded by loved ones is exactly what happened on Sunday night at Peace Church.
“It brings all of the people who care and all of the people who have been there for me and then we can share it with some music,” Zach added.
The tickets for the event cost $20 a piece and all proceeds go to benefit the Caterer family. With more than 100 tickets sold, it will be a big help to the family for all the medical expenses.
But knowing the community is supporting Zach every step of the way is his driving force to keep pushing and healing from his spinal injury.
“It helps me get through the hard times because I know I am not alone, I know I am not going through this on my own and sometimes it gets lonely, but I know that I can call up my friends and I know that they will be there,” Zach said.
His friend Jon organized the event, and he says the night was all about using his passion for a purpose.
“The theme was doing something you love, with people you love for people you love so I love rock and roll music, I love Zach and love Remedy Drive,” Jon said.
The other goal for the night was to spread some holiday joy after a long couple of months.
“Trying to keep the faith knowing that this is not in our hands but the prayers you can feel them, and you know that God has got a plan,” said Susan Caterer, Zach’s mom.
But for one night the only plan was to just have some fun.
“To bring him home has been incredible and this is a celebration for him,” said Zach’s dad, James Caterer.