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Donations being collected for local man injured in work accident


By Brianna Stephens
Advocate Staff writer

Donations are being collected to help support Jason Lee and his family after Lee fell during a work accident. He is paralyzed from the chest down.

Lee, the son of Mary and Jim Lee, fell off an 8-foot ladder April 10 while doing work for his employer at Eastern Kentucky University.
Family friend Leigh Parker said he fell trying to catch a wrench he started to drop so a person underneath him wouldn’t be hurt.

As a result, Lee broke his neck and his C4, C5 and C6 vertebrae. He is paralyzed from the chest down and has been receiving medical care at the University of Kentucky Hospital. He is 100 percent on a ventilator, Parker said.

To help support Jason, his wife, Kem, and their two children, Parker said a special fund has been set up on the family’s behalf at Peoples Exchange Bank in Lee’s name. A GoFundMe page has also been set up on the family’s behalf at www.gofundme.com/fundraiser-for-jason-lee.

“Jason is well known in our community and well known for being a great father, husband and for his exceptionally hard work ethic. Hopes and prayers are for Jason to have a speedy recovery and for one day to gain mobility for independency for him and his family. His family gives heartfelt thanks for the kindness, love and support they have received from the many people Jason has touched. Special thanks to his beloved friends that have shown their consistent support by visiting him and his family during this difficult time. Any support during this hard time would be greatly appreciated by the family,” the GoFundMe page says.

Lee is able to move his toes and feet and was going to be moved to Good Samaritan Hospital May 5 to start work on coming off the ventilator, Parker said.

A benefit ride will be done in Lee’s honor at 2015 Hwy. 1050 in Jeffersonville Saturday, June 9, at 11 a.m. The cost is $20 a buggy, which will go through hills and trails.

If it rains, the event will be rescheduled. Updates and more information can be found on the Montgomery County Trailriders Facebook page.