EASLEY — Jaedyn Rule is your typical 8-year-old — he loves sports, playing with his friends and is always willing to lend a helping hand.
But a car accident on March 10 threatened to change all of that and now Jaedyn and his mom, Jackie, have suddenly found themselves on the receiving end of a community ready and willing to do anything it can to help.
“It was a really horrific crash,” said Tonya Johnson, a family friend of the Rules who is organizing a fundraiser to help. “They were headed back from Atlanta and they wrecked, flipped four times and were hit by a semi-truck.”
Johnson said Jaedyn sustained severe injuries and was airlifted to the Children’s Hospital in Georgia.
“He is awake a little bit, but he’s looking at a long road (to recovery),” Johnson said.
Jaedyn, a student at West End Elementary in Easley, is currently in recovery and rehab and is still in Georgia.
“His mom is a single mom and she works as a waitress at Silver Bay restaurant. She’s not working right now because she’s in Georgia to be with him (Jaedyn.) The last thing this family needs to be worrying about is money,” Johnson said. “That’s where we come in.”
Johnson has teamed up with Easley Skate Center as well as the Blood Connection to host a fundraiser and raffle on Tuesday, April 12.
“It’s from 6 to 9 p.m. and it’s only $3 to get in. Two dollars of that goes to Jaedyn,” she said.
Along with the raffle inside, the Blood Connection will be accepting donations on location.
“I just got off the phone with them and I’m really excited about them being able to come out. In addition to getting a T-shirt and a $10 gift card, for every person who donates, $25 will go to Jaedyn,” said Johnson.
“I just can’t believe how much the community has stepped forward to help this wonderful family out,” she said. “Jaedyn and Jackie are just … they’re just the best people. I can’t thank everyone who has pitched in or donated items for our raffle enough.”
But as serious as the need for the fundraiser is, Johnson wanted to stress that this would be a fun night.
“We’re going to have a good time for a good cause. Jaedyn would want everyone to be having fun. That’s what we’re going to do,” Johnson said.
The Easley Skate Center is located at 719 Ross Ave. in Easley. Visit the “Prayers for Jae” Facebook page for more information.
Reach Kasie Strickland at 864-855-0355.