A benefit for Dublin High School graduate and soldier Steven Kendall has been set for Saturday, Feb. 2, at 1 p.m. in the DHS gym. Kendall is suffering from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a result of a motorcycle accident.
On Sept. 26, Kendall, a major in the United States Army currently stationed at the Pentagon, was riding his motorcycle just outside Fort Belvoir, VA, when a minivan driven by a 91-year-old woman turned left on a red light, striking the bike and sending him 50 feet into the air. Kendall remains in a drug-induced coma.
He has recently been transferred to a Veterans Affairs hospital in San Antonio to help in his recovery and rehabilitation, which could take years doctors said. His wife, Tiffany Kendall, who is from Stephenville, and his three children Logan, 11, Cambria. 6, and Cade, 3, have all made the move as well. Family and friends said the accident, injury and move have been particularly hard on the family, and are holding the fundraiser to help with medical and recovery costs.
Kendall has served 12 years in the United States Army including three tours in Iraq. The benefit will feature live bands, silent and live auctions, food and T-shirt sales. Those wanting to help can donate funds through a website (www.gofundme.com/1f6ii4). If you would like to send kind words of encouragement to the family, a Facebook page has also been set up (www.facebook.com/groups/373026576125485/).
"I wanted to share their story and ask for people to please pray for our dear friend and his family," said Pamela Tunnell Jones. "If you feel like sharing by donating to help with the expenses that will surely build with this long healing process, please do so at the benefit or online. He is a wonderful human being who was doing a fantastic job serving his country."