A yard sale and silent auction are set for Nov. 9 to benefit the family of Keith Campbell, who was paralyzed in a fall while hunting last Monday. Contributed photo.
MOUNT CARMEL — Friends are banding together to help a Mount Carmel family of six whose lives have been drastically altered by a tragic hunting accident last week.
A large “yard sale” and silent auction to raise money for this family has been scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 9, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Kingsport Lifesaving Crew station on Fort Henry Drive.
On Monday, Oct. 14, Keith Campbell fell 20 feet from a tree stand while hunting.
Following surgery Tuesday, doctors confirmed that Keith will be paralyzed from the chest down.
Keith’s wife, Sara is an emergency room nurse at the Holston Valley Medical Center.
It was that group of nurses who launched a fundraising effort which has quickly mushroomed into a major event including the large yard sale and silent action.
Keith, 40, is employed at Eastman Chemical Co.
He and Sara have four children ages 19, 17, and two who are 14.
Jessica Waycaster is a nurse who works with Sara Campbell at the HVMC emergency room and is spokesperson for the fundraising events.
“He has no feeling from his lungs down,” Waycaster said. “They did say he may get a little bit of feeling back in his abdomen, but as far as his legs, he won’t be able to use them anymore.”
Waycaster added, “Holston Valley ER is a very close-knit group of girls who work together. As soon as this happened, everybody got together and we decided we had to do something. We had to raise money because she’s going to have so many new expenses. She’s going to have to do renovations on her home, have to buy medical equipment, and probably a new vehicle. Their whole lives have changed. With her out of work, we were going to have to raise as much money as we could.”
Sara Campbell’s father and Waycaster’s husband work for the Kingsport Fire Department.
Many used items have been donated for the yard sale by friends and well-wishers, with Kingsport fire and rescue personnel taking the lead along with hospital personnel. Several businesses have contributed gift certificates for services or products which will likely be sold via silent auction.
Anyone wishing to make a donation to the family or for the yard sale or silent auction can call Waycaster at (423) 863-3631 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.