Group Raising Money for Child Hurt in Crash

Three-year-old Brady Gibbons was critically injured in a March 25th crash in Laurel County that his father did not survive.

“Apparently just the sweetest little guy you ever met in your life, outgoing and energetic,” says Terry Smith of Pond Fork Lodge in Jackson County when talking about Gibbons.

The crash left little Brady with serious injuries and medical bills totaling more than $100,000.

“We at the lodge decided, we'll have fundraiser,” Smith said.

Smith and James Miller of Waco Masonic Lodge in Madison County are hosting a benefit concert and cookout this Saturday at Muncy Park in Jackson County. They're hoping people will come and dig deep.

“Whatever we make up is more than they got now. And they're going to need it,” says Smith.

Brady was covered under his father's insurance but since his father died in the crash, his family says the boy's medical expenses are no longer covered. Family members say Brady's mother can't work and care for the boy at the same time.

Brady is home from the hospital but he has a long way to go. He lost vision in one eye and he had re-constructive surgery. He'll also have to have continual trips to the hospital because he sustained leg injuries in the accident.

About a half dozen groups are scheduled to perform. Businesses have donated items for an auction. Everything raised will go to Brady's family.

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  • by Tiffany Location: Jackson Co on May 21, 2008 at 09:36 AM
    I think it's unfortunate that the insurance won't pay. There should be something to help this family- but once again I guess the system has failed. I believe I heard on the radio that they are also taking donations in his name at Jackson Co. Bank, you could call (606) 287-8484 and ask them about it. I hope everyone can band together to help this little boy and his family. My husband went to school with his Mom and she's a really nice woman. I'm so glad nothing bad happened to her little boy. I feel so bad that his daddy died. I couldn't imagine growing up without a parent.
  • by diane Location: boston,indiana on May 21, 2008 at 08:58 AM
    I think it's great when people reach out and help their brother of another mother and since the government helps illegals and not their own, someone has to step up. There's no governmental financial aide for the working class, so there's no shame giving or recieving help. Thank God for good people. Prayers to God for Brady and family. Keep up the good work Pond Fork Lodge. And why is Wal-Mart always bragging about how much they do for America when they ignore the need of a fellow associate of their billion dollar corperation(is this what Sam Walton would approve of?)$100,000.00 is just a small tax write-off for Wal-Mart.
  • by DC Location: Hazard on May 21, 2008 at 05:46 AM
    You know the thing that bothers most people about situations like this? The INJUSTICE and unfairness of it all. Yeah, the boy's father had insurance, but since Wal Mart is such a savvy business firm, they got exceptions and exclusions to their policy to opt out of paying this boy's medical bills. Wal Mart is VERY skilled at shunning their responsabalities to other parties. That's why they have so many part time employees, to keep from paying for benefits that they SHOULD pay for. So, now this little boy will either get inadequate medical care, or the community will have to pay for it. Like their slogan says...Wal Mart Always cheaper. yuk!
  • by Lisa Location: SC KY on May 21, 2008 at 05:36 AM
    To Please in Lexington...who would you have called out for had you been Brady's dad in that moment? Masons and Shriners make children the number one priority and I love them for it. Can anyone give me a mailing address for the Waco or Jackson Lodge?
  • by Please Location: Lexington on May 21, 2008 at 02:32 AM
    Where was God when this kid's father was killed? Please! Always with the religious mumbo jumbo.
  • by Laurel Co MOm Location: London kY on May 20, 2008 at 09:07 PM
    This boys father worked for walmart disturbution. Why can't the insurance company make a single case exception... or better yet why can't WALMART make a donation to help this poor boy. I am sure the poeple in this area, have spent enough with walmart to make it a nice tax write off. PLEASE, PLEASE EMAIL WALMART!!!
  • by kymom Location: lex on May 20, 2008 at 06:07 PM
    It is a wonderful thing that the community cares enough to do this. I don't know anyone involved personally, but I hope and pray that God will bless this family. He never puts more on you than you can take. He will give you the strength to get through times like this.
  • by Joe Location: London on May 20, 2008 at 03:26 PM
    I am deeply moved by what the community is doing to help this young child.. I had the great privilege of knowing Bradey's Father for 10 years or more. He was a great man who only wanted to be a good father. God works in mysterious ways. Please everyone do what you can to help this family. They like so many of us have a great tragedy to deal with. And we all know that Life doesn't stop for anybody no matter what happens. If it were not for this young mans fater I myself would still be sitting in my wheel chair feeling sorry for myself after my accident, but my friend Dewy made me get off of my bottom-side and get on with it. He said; "You ain't dead yet so get on with the living Man!!" My mother loved him for that. "Doc", as we called him: She would say; "Get him up and take him out and work him hard. And if he don't like it make him walk home." So naturally I feel that I owe the family. More than I could ever repay, but I'm gonna try and be there for the boys. My Pals!!


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