Sealy High School graduate Cody Leger had a lot going for him.
The handsome young man, whose family has lived in the area for more than 25 years, enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2008 and was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division, serving tours in Kuwait and Afghanistan.
Then a motorcycle accident in March changed his life forever.
Leger suffered compound fractures in his right leg and his femoral artery was damaged. Numerous other injuries threatened his life, causing him to spend 34 days in intensive care with five major surgeries over a period of less than three weeks. He recently had surgery on his face and a bone graft to replace missing bone in his leg.
The 2008 SHS grad did not have insurance, so the medical bills – coming in at more than $500,000 – are insurmountable.
His church family at the All Around Cowboy Church in Sealy is sponsoring a fundraiser Aug. 12 at the American Legion Hall to help pay those bills.
“I’ve known him forever; he’s still a kid to me,” said family friend Laurie Fisher. “He’s a good kid. He was about to go back into the Army.”
Fisher and other church members decided that a fundraiser would be a good way to help out with those medical bills that continue to pile up.
“He’s trying to do rehab,” she said of Leger, who uses a wheelchair and walker to get around. “He can’t totally stand on his leg. He can’t see out of one eye. He is injured physically from head to toe. With no insurance, no one wants to help you. That was the main reason we wanted to have this benefit.”
Tickets to the event are $20 and include Hinze’s BBQ, music by the Swingin’ On Band with special guests and a silent auction. Fisher said organizers are seeking donated items for the auction and will also accept cash donations from those unable to attend.
The event is being advertised as “Prayer Works – Miracles Happen.”
“He served us well,” the flier states. “Please help serve him now.”
Fisher added that the church has done several fundraisers over the years and understands that everyone experiences struggles and could use a helping hand.
“We’ve all had tough times,” Fisher said. “Young or old, it doesn’t matter. We try to help where we can.”