Annual West Liberty ice cream social to benefit Triad music teacher’s family

The West Liberty United Methodist Church, West Liberty United Church of Christ and the West Liberty Lions Club are joining together again this year to assist a local family during the 16th annual ice cream social planned for 4 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 26.

Waibel family

Several West Liberty area organizations are hosting the 16th annual ice cream social July 26 to benefit the Waibel family of West Liberty, from the left, Paul; Olivia, 2; Leslie; and Anna, 8. (PHOTO | WAIBEL FAMILY)

The benefit is hosted behind the West Liberty United Methodist Church, 202 W. Newell St. This year’s fundraiser will assist West Liberty residents Paul and Leslie Waibel and their daughters, Anna, 8, and Olivia, 2. 

In 2007, Mrs. Waibel was diagnosed with a rare neurological condition called pseudotumor cerebri, and surgery prevented the loss of her eyesight.

However, shortly after the birth of her daughter Olivia, the first solution failed and Mrs. Waibel was diagnosed with chiari malformation. Another name for this neurological condition is intracranial hypertension, which refers to too much cerebral spinal fluid.

Since that diagnosis, she has had 12 surgeries within the last 18 months, with the last surgery completed April 28. The surgeries all involve the brain and spinal cord, and therefore, are major procedures.

Previously, Mrs. Waibel has worked as a physical therapy assistant, but has been unable to work recently because of the surgeries and recovery. A daughter of Cheryl and Donald Coleman Jr. of North Lewisburg, she is a Triad High School graduate and completed her physical therapist assistant training at Clark State Community College.

Her husband has been the Triad High School and Middle School vocal music teacher for seven years. A native of Coshocton and an Otterbein University graduate, he also attended VanderCook College for his master’s degree in music.

Bill Purk and friends will provide musical entertainment at the ice cream social. The á la carte menu includes chicken and noodles, hot chicken sandwiches, sloppy joes, hot dogs, baked beans, potato salad, slaw, pasta salad, apple salad, Jello salad, pie, cake drinks and homemade ice cream.

To make a donation, make checks payable to “West Liberty United Methodist Church,” write “Waibel benefit” in the memo line, and mail to the church at: P.O. Box 606, West Liberty, OH, 43357.

Direct questions to Nancy Dowden at 465-4219.