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West Texas Rehab Center Holding Telethon Fundraiser #2

LAWTON Okla_ Imagine what it feels like to lose your sense of balance at any given moment, making everyday tasks like walking or driving extremely difficult to perform.

That's what "Butch" Boeshart has been going through for the past six years. He's a patient at the West Texas Rehab Center in Abilene. Doctors put a shunt in Boeshart's brain six years ago to treat a condition that caused it to swell due to an excessive build up of fluids.

Since the surgery, Boeshart's sense of balance has never been the same. Butch is able to stand on one leg for about four seconds before his equilibrium is thrown off. Those moments are something he said he never takes for granted. Life for the truck driver changed in an instant six years ago.

"I went to get up early in the morning to go on to California, and I couldn't get up," Butch said. "The room was spinning, so I went back to bed for about three hours. Then, everything was okay."

It happened again after that, and kept happening quite often. It was devastating for a man in Butch's line of work. He said now, even the simplest of tasks can be a daunting chore.

"If you're going up and down stairs or something like that, you're unsteady," Butch said. "You want to be sure you get a hold of something when climbing anything or bending over. That's what it's like for me anyway."

Butch says since he started rehab at the center last month, his battle to regain his balance has become a lot easier.

"We are mainly going to be working on some balance training and activities with him to try to get his legs walking back and forth to his brain like they're supposed to so his balance isn't thrown off anymore," WTRC Physical Therapist Erin Hicks said.

The balance exercises may be simple to some, but to patients like Butch, they're a struggle. He said his positive attitude and the promise of one day reaching his goal of regaining his balance helps get him through the sometimes difficult treatments.

"I want to get better," Butch said. "I look at these people here as helpers. They show me what I need to do. I can do the rest of it. I just need somebody to show me what I need to do, and I'll work on it."

"He's got a great sense of humor," Hicks said. "He sounds like he's going to be very willing to do anything that we ask him to do, which always makes a huge difference from their end. If they're doing their part at home, then they have a much better recovery and outlook in general."

Butch, who turns 70 this year, said he refuses to let his condition or his age slow him down. He said when it comes to this particular battle, his "true grit" will see him through.

"I want to continue life and enjoy life," Butch said. "I have always had a positive attitude about everything. The glass is half full, and I think that's what helps us get better."

This weekend's telethon is the center's largest fundraiser of the year. Last year, it brought in over $1.2M.

You can see it here Saturday night on your 7News station.  It starts at 7:00 pm.  We'll break away for 30 minutes for 7News at 10, and then rejoin it until midnight.

The headliners are rising country stars Jana Kramer and Aaron Watson.

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