Benefit set for Mount Carmel man paralyzed in hunting mishap

Jeff Bobo • Feb 18, 2014 at 1:59 PM

KINGSPORT — A Mount Carmel father of four who was paralyzed in a hunting accident last fall still has a long road of recovery ahead of him, and the financial burden on him and his family continues to grow.

On Oct. 14, Keith Campbell fell 20 feet from a tree stand while hunting. Following surgery the next day, doctors confirmed that Keith will be paralyzed from the chest down.

On Friday there will be a benefit supper and concert at the Kingsport Farmers Market facility off of Clinchfield Street to raise money for the family.

Tickets for the event are $20.

Keith is currently undergoing rehabilitation at the Shepherd’s Center in Atlanta, and he and his wife Sara spend most of their time there.

They had to move out of their house in Mount Carmel because it couldn’t be fitted with wheelchair access ramps due to the layout.

When they do come home from Atlanta, they live in an apartment in Kingsport, which means the addition of a new rent bill.

Keith, 40, worked at Eastman Chemical Co. before his accident, and Sara is an emergency room nurse at the Holston Valley Medical Center, but neither has worked since the accident.

Aside from their mounting medical expenses, the couple are still paying a mortgage, although they are trying to sell the house.

Friday’s event is sponsored by Champion Chevrolet, Marble Slab, Bare Bones Barbecue, and Preaching Christ Church.

Bare Bones Barbecue is serving dinner, at 6 p.m., followed by dessert by the Marble Slab. Entertainment begins at 8 p.m. with Ivy Road playing for about an hour, followed by Benny Wilson.

Marble Slab general manager Melissa Capps is a friend of the Campbell family and helped organize the event.

“We’re hoping to raise $20,000, but we know that’s pretty ambitious,” Capps said.

“Neither one of them has worked since this happened because she has been with him full through his rehabilitation, and their children are staying with different family members.”

Keith and Sara’s four children are ages 19, 18, 15, and 14.

Capps added, “This has been such a devastating accident, not only financially, but just every day life has changed for them.

“He was so involved in his kids’ sports and everything that they did. He was always there. It’s going to be a whole year of their life that he’s going to miss out on while he’s in rehab.”

The Campbells are going to try to attend Friday’s event, but it’s not known if their rehab schedule in Atlanta will allow it.

Everything involved in this event is contributed, and 100 percent of all funds will go directly to the family.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or ahead of time at the Kingsport Marble Slab ice cream shop in the East Stone Commons Shopping Center off of Eastman Road.

Event organizers will be raffling off a 51-inch Samsung TV. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20.

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