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Published September 28, 2010, 03:31 PM

Fargo man who suffered a head injury at We Fest is making progress

(WDAY TV) - A south Fargo man continues his recovery in a Twin Cities re-hab hospital tonight, weeks after he struck his head during an accident at WE-Fest. 37-year old Mark Schreiner was in a coma for nearly a month, but is now starting to respond to noise and movement.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Friends and families are rallying around his family, who is left to deal with the shock of the accident and now the un-certainties of what is ahead.

With a wife and two young children, Mark Schreiner had prepared for one of those golden summers, farming and life at the lake.

“It is numbing. I really don't remember much about the first three weeks, crying why did this happen? Our bags were packed to go to the lake for the next morning for a month before we would unpack them.”

That blur happened after Mark struck his head during an accident at WE Fest. Details and an accurate description of what happened are sketchy, but the head injury sent Mark into a coma for a month. He is now in the twin cities where the family hopes some promising progress continues.

“They are in awe what he has done in four days.”

“He will focus on ESPN or the Twins. He will watch the entire game; if someone comes in he turns his head.”

After spending time as a stockbroker, Mark returned to his dream job, farming. He rented land, got equipment, and was preparing for what promised to be a great crop and then the accident.

“His dream and dream season and he isn't here to see it.”

There are many great unknowns and that is why friends and family are rallying the Schreiners with a slug of benefits in the coming weeks. No one plans for such a life shocker like this, and supporters of the Schreiners know this story, could be about any one of them.

Some big benefits are coming up for the Schreiner family. A pasta feed is set for October 8th at St. Joes in Moorhead. That's in conjunction with the F-M Mini Marathon, where money will be raised through a "Miles for Mark" pledge project. An Olympic Skater Mark Ladwig will be part of a show October 10th at Schreiner benefit at the Moorhead Sports Center and farmer friends of Mark Schreiner will be volunteering their time and efforts to help harvest the crop.

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