Auction for injured East TN Marine planned for Friday

SPEEDWELL, Tenn. (WVLT) - An injured marine from east Tennessee is still recovering in Maryland, but folks in his hometown are still helping in a big way.

Lance Corporal Cody Evans from Claiborne County lost both of his legs in December when an IED exploded.

His aunt says that his spirits are still high and he's adjusting more and more to his new prosthetic legs.

She still doesn't know when he's coming back home to Speedwell, but when he does return, there's a lot of people who can't wait to meet him.

For months, hundreds of volunteers played a part in renovating the Evans' house. The home transformation is finished and it is now completely wheelchair-friendly.

"I can hardly contain myself. I am so excited to see them and for them to see the house and see what everybody's accomplished," said Cody's aunt, Angie Evans.

The new home is only one way you can see how much people are willing to do to help.

"He is remarkable, he's a miracle, and to know him is to love him," said Sherri Hoskins.

Sherri Hoskins has known Cody for a long time. Her daughter and Evans were best friends, until she was killed by a drunk driver.

"And he came by and he spent birthdays, holidays, to make sure that i was okay," said Hoskins.

Now, she's helping him. There will be an auction next Friday at his alma mater, the old Powell Valley High School.

People can bid on a variety of items like a 1998 UT National Championship football signed by the team, basketballs signed by Coach Pat Summitt.

"Young, little children, all the way to the older, you know elderly, and they're all wanting to help," said Robin Hensley, who's helping to organize the auction.

"It's an amazing feeling to know that there's still that many people left. It's an awesome feeling," said Evans.

"He's the most special person, and not just because I love him. If you meet him, you'll know why," said Hoskins.

They can't wait for the day that he comes home to see how much he is missed.

The auction will start at 7:00 on Friday, April 27 at the old Powell Valley High School.

They're still looking for more donated items.
If you're interested, you can call 423-869-3390.

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