Barton, who turned 21 this month, calls San Diegans “my extended family.”
He will be on hand to mix and mingle with visitors as he continues his recovery after being shot three times Oct. 29 by a fugitive on a crime spree.
Barton’s recovery from the life-threatening condition has been out of the norm, after he was given almost no chance of survival by medical and therapeutic professionals. Barton continues to defy the odds, however.
The challenge now is the monumental medical bills.
To help, “Strong Will Foundation Fundraiser” is set for July 9 at the Carnitas Snack Shack, 2632 University Ave., from 3 to 9 p.m.
Tickets to the event are $45 and are available at www.brownpapertickets.com or at the door.
“Your attendance will directly impact Will’s recovery,” said Will’s mother, Marie Najera Lonsdale. “Thanks, in advance to everyone for your support of our family.”
Among the latest challenges for Barton is learning to stand and eventually walk on his own, skills he said he is determined to master.
In the meantime, Barton has returned to some of the activities and hobbies he enjoyed prior to the injuries.
Barton has painted for many years, learning from his mother and father, both of whom are accomplished artists. Now Barton is creating new artwork using both his hand and mouth to hold brushes.
Donations are still accepted at “The Friends of Will Barton Fund” at Chase Bank, 1740 Rosecrans St., 92106.