Hundreds of teens across the Ohio Valley are preparing for their senior year in high school and taking the next step in their lives. But, taking the next step will be difficult for Josh Boyd, of Weirton.
Josh Boyd was 16 years old and going into his senior year at Weir High School when a motocross accident on June 29 in Baltimore, Maryland, left Josh with a broken neck and five fractured vertebrae.
Josh is now at Shepard Rehabilitation Center in Atlanta where he's going through extensive therapy to regain some use of his arms and legs. Family and friends have been raising money for Josh's medical expenses and were at Fort Steuben Mall Saturday hoping shoppers could spare some change for the Josh Boyd Foundation.
"We're selling T-shirts, we have bracelets, we have hats, anything to help him along," said Josh's Aunt, Donita Boyd Harris. "The community support and everything's that going on, people that don't know him, calling and contributing. Even they set up things like Make A Wish did their poker run for us. The community support has been phenomenal."
Donita told 7 News that Shepherd Rehab Center in Atlanta has been taking Josh out on several outings so he can adapt to everyday life. He has been undergoing extensive therapy and is making significant progress and now move certain parts of his body.
If you couldn't make it to Fort Steuben Mall Saturday but still want to help Josh on his road to recovery there will be spaghetti dinners at the Weirton Moose Lodge September 6 and the Serbian Cultural Center on September 29.