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Family and friends of Brad Hays are uniting to raise money to help with his recovery after a motorcycle accident. Please show your support!

Brad Hays, father of four children, nurse, and airline dispatcher was in a severe motorcycle accident on October 3, 2012. Brad moved to the countryside several miles outside of St. George, UT, 3 years ago to enjoy the quiet and space of country living. He commuted 30 miles each way into St. George daily for his jobs as a dispatcher at Skywest Airlines and a nurse at a rehabilitation center. Due to the cost of gas and the length of his commute, Brad purchased a motorcycle to make his commute more economical. Brad diligently wears protective gear when he rides, no matter how blisteringly hot it gets in St. George. He is always found decked to the nines in motorcycle jeans, boots, Kevlar gloves, an armored leather jacket, and of course, a helmet, which is bright yellow and lovingly earned him the nickname of "Lemon Head" from his nieces and nephews. His diligence to wearing his protective gear saved his life on October 3rd when he was traveling to work at 3:30 in the morning when a deer jumped in front of him. Brad struck the deer going 60 mph. He was thrown and rolled over 200 feet in the pitch dark night. He suffered two broken shoulders, two broken knees, and a broken toe. Because he had a job interview later that day, he was wearing dress pants and loafers, instead of his usual motorcycle jeans and boots. His shoes were knocked off of him and he lost skin, muscle and tissue down to the tendons and bones on his right ankle and heel. He endured multiple surgeries to pin his bones back in place and spent a week in the hospital. He is now in a rehabilitation center and will remain there for a few more weeks. He is currently confined to a wheelchair while his bones become strong enough to endure physical therapy where he will re-learn how to walk and use his arms. Through it all he keeps his same sense of humor. We are so grateful and feel blessed for the many little miracles that have happened so far, including the woman who found him just minutes after the accident and that he sustained no head, neck or internal injuries. However, due to the many injuries that he did sustain, Brad is unable to work either of his two jobs or help care for his four children. At this time we as family and friends want to stand beside Brad while he endures an arduous recovery. Mounting medical bills and daily expenses such as raising children and paying a mortgage do not disappear, even though the income has. We ask for anyone who would like to donate to Brad to help in his recovery do so. All donations will be used for medical bills as well as feeding his family and keeping him afloat while he endures his recovery. From the bottom of our hearts we thank you, The Hays Family
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