9-year-old raises money for amputee after motorcycle crash

Published: Jul. 12, 2020 at 5:25 PM CDT
Email this link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

HONEY GROVE, Texas (KXII) - A Honey Grove girl is raising money for her uncle who lost part of his leg in a motorcycle crash last month.

“I was going down Highway 224 and a car veered off into my lane,” Brad Nelms said.

Nelms said June 8th was the day that changed his life forever.

He was hit by a car while riding his motorcycle near Greenville.

Nelms said doctors were unable to save his right leg, so it had to be amputated below his knee.

“You don’t know how much you need it until it’s gone of course,” Nelms said.

His niece...9-year-old Airihanna Bates said she knew immediately she wanted to do something.

“I really care about him and I know he would do the same for me,” Bates said.

So she got to work.

“I decided to raise money for him so he can buy what he needs,” Bates said.

So far, she has raised more than $1,400, and plans to keep going.

A gesture Nelms said means the world because he owes thousands of dollars in hospital bills.

“Everything stopped when that happened, I don’t work now and I wasn’t prepared for this,”Nelms said.

Nelms’ cousin Lana Edelhauser started an online auction to benefit him.

“It’s supposed to start the 15th through the 26th but it’s already started, as soon as I started posting stuff people starting bidding,” Edelhauser said.

They are auctioning things like jewelry, gift cards, and motorcycle accessories.

Airihanna is working toward her goal of raising $2,000, going with Edelhauser to stores around town to ask for donations and share her uncle’s story.

“I’d ask a few employees and they’d put some dollars in here and I went to Home Depot once and I got a pocket full of change,” Bates said.

Nelms said it makes him thankful to live in Honey Grove.

“It’s just overwhelming I can’t even describe it,” Nelms said.

The family has the Facebook auction, and a GoFundMe account set up.

Copyright 2020 KXII. All rights reserved.

Latest News

Latest News