Event raises money for Ocean Beach man who lost arm in boating accident

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SAN DIEGO -- Hundreds of people attended the 18th annual "Hot Cocoa for a Cure" event Saturday night to raise money for an Ocean Beach man who nearly lost his life in a boating accident.

In August, Ron Schoors was tossed out of his boat and run over. The propeller severely injured his leg and his right arm, which eventually had to be amputated. He spent 10 days in a coma and has undergone at least eight surgeries.

“I’m changed forever. I got a leg full of titanium. I’m going to have a carbon fiber arm,” Schoors said.

Schoors said his medical bills have reached about $2 million and his prosthetic arm will cost about another $10,000.

“In about six weeks, I should have an arm and it won’t function, but it will be for looks. I’ll be able to hold stuff down if I want to cook, which is great because I love to cook,” Schoors said.

It has been a stressful time, but the support he has received from his wife, community and complete strangers has kept him going.

“I’ve gotten Facebook Messenger messages from people that I don’t even really know saying they saw my accident and hope I get well. It’s a whole thing of bringing joy and cheer,” Schoors said.

Schoors said that joy really grew when he found out he will be getting all the proceeds from the "Hot Cocoa for a Cure"  charity event.

“I’m blown away by it and I’m sure I’m going to tear up. I’m tearing up right now. I can feel them in the bottom of my eyes,” Schoors said.

This has been a life-changing experience for him that has changed his outlook on life.

“I may have lost an arm. I may have lost a little mobility in my leg, maybe a couple inches in height, but it has it’s given me a respect for the things that I have and the things that are going to be in the future,” Schoors said.

Schoors told FOX 5 he has never really gotten into the holiday spirit until this year.

“I’m thankful. I’m thankful to be alive and I’m thankful for these holidays. It’s changed my mind because I’m alive for them,” Schoors said. “If I don’t receive a Christmas gift at all, I’ve received a Christmas gift from this community. That’s really all I need. Thank you."

Schoors said he plans on volunteering at the nursing home he has been staying at the past few months and becoming an advocate for boat safety.

He finally gets to go home Monday, but still has a long recovery ahead. A donation page has been set up to help with medical costs.