At The Arts and Music Festival in Stanford thousands of people turned out for an afternoon parade. Above the sounds of the cheering and music one name could be heard clearly, that of 8-year-old Jalen Smith.
As the parade kicked off, people flooded the streets, many of them there to support the young man who suffered a devastating injury last week.
"Me and a lot of the family and friends and the people who know about the young man want to come out here and support him. He's a great, what happened to him was so unfortunate," said Mark Scott, a family friend.
On Sunday Smith was attending a church picnic and went for a hayride. EMS workers told us that during the ride his leg somehow got caught between the wagon and a fence, nearly severing it.
Almost a week later friends, classmates, teammates and family members joined the town's parade, raising support for the young athlete. They wore shirts with the phrase "Jogging for Jalen" across the front.
Smith had surgery this week and is still in the hospital recovering.
Jalen's family is raising money to help with his massive medical bills. Anyone who wants to donate can give that money to Stanford EMS and tell them it's for Jalen Smith.