The Paris community came together on February 3rd, hosting a dinner and fundraiser event for local teen, Zack Lester.
Lester was recently involved in a vehicle accident, which saw him ejected 30 feet from his truck on January 16th.
“It was a great evening with many locals coming out to show their support and we’re looking forward to the next one to continue to raise money to support the Lester family,” said Zack’s aunt, Amanda Lester.
The North Lamar High School varsity football player is said to be gaining strength, though the recovery seems to be slow.
“He has started physical therapy and last week they had him sitting up on the side of the bed for the first time,” said his aunt.
“He does respond to us and can shrug his shoulders, nod yes or no and move his left arm,” she added.
While doctors are not giving any indication on what the family can expect long-term, they are hopeful for Lester’s long-term recover after an ENG test showed traces of nerve signals.
“We’re staying positive and holding hope he will fully recover. Seeing him sit up on the side of the bed brought tears to our eyes, even though at this stage he has zero feeling from his chest down.”
With his parents by his side 24/7, friends and family have come together to raise money and help with medical costs.
“After a successful dinner on Saturday, we’ve decided to have a chili and stew cook-off in March and a softball tournament in June.”
“Zack will need care 24/7 until he has fully recovered, and we want to do all we can to support the Lester’s now and during that process,” she continued to say.
The chili and stew cook-off will be held at the Love Civic Center March 17th and is still open to vendors and entrants.
An account has been set up with First Federal Bank on Loop 286 in Paris for any donations and to help with Zack’s recovery costs.
Friends and family also had t-shirts created in support of Zack with the scripture Philippians 4:13 on the front and #lesterstrong on the back.
T-shirts can be purchased from Print Works in Paris or call Ashlee Myers on 903-900-0098.
Photos courtesy of Amanda Lester