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Zumba benefit planned for family of victim

By Steve Herring
Published in News on July 21, 2010 1:22 PM

Organizers are hoping that a Sunday Zumba-thon will raise at least $3,000 for the family of Michael Schuch, who died last month, in an accident at his home.

Schuch, 34, had gone outside on the morning of June 8 to repair a flat tire on the vehicle parked in his driveway. The jack apparently slipped and the car fell on him. He died of injuries sustained in the accident.

Admission to the Zumba-thon will be $10 and all proceeds from the three-hour event to be held from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Goldsboro Family YMCA will benefit Heather Hill Schuch and her family, Zumba instructor Pretz Karr said.

Eight Zumba instructors, including Ms. Karr, have donated their time to lead the event. Disc jockey Scott Ely is also donating his services, Ms. Karr said. Membership in the Y is not required to attend.

The Spring Creek High School cheerleaders will be taking up the money at the door, and door prizes will be given away about every 30 minutes.

Ms. Karr said she had been overwhelmed by the response from people and businesses that have given items for door prizes ranging from food to a handbag to haircuts.

Anyone who would like to donate items for door prizes or money should call Ms. Karr at 222-3313.

Both Mrs. Schuch and her 5-year-old son, Jacob, are Ms. Karr's students. Mrs. Schuch has two other children, Sarah, 2, and Joshua, 1.

Schuch was originally from Ballwin, Miss.

The family he leaves behind is in financial straits in the wake of his death, family members said. Schuch had been working part time at the Target store after moving his family to the city two years ago from St. Charles, Mo.

The family had moved to the Goldsboro area to take care of Heather's father, Ted Hill, who became quadriplegic following a motorcycle accident.

Ms. Karr said she understands that a trust fund has been set up to help Mrs. Schuch and her children.