Odessa community coming together to help burn victim

Odessa community coming together to help burn victim
Flyer for the special event (Source: Facebook)

ODESSA, TX (KWES) - Jeremy Reyes was at Glazers Distributing Company when he was helping his brother back out a riding mower from a trailer when an unexpected accident happened.

The mower suddenly ignited, bursting into flames causing Reyes to suffer second to third degree burns from the accident.

The 19-year-old is currently at University Medical Center in Lubbock where he underwent his first skin graft surgery.

He is expected to have several more surgeries and will be in the hospital for four or five more weeks, according to his dad, Carlos Santos Reyes.

Now, the community of Odessa is coming together to help the former graduate of Odessa High School.

A 12-hour long fundraiser is being held Friday in Odessa in the parking lot of Bush's Chicken on 8th Street from 8 a.m.- 8 p.m.

It will include hair cuts, car washes and food plates.

The current University of Texas of the Permian Basin student has a positive outlook on his future, his father said, and should heal quickly as he is young, healthy and an athlete.

His dad says they are overwhelmed with the support they have received since his accident happened with donations and even dedicating prayer services.

His dad says Reyes is receiving many visitors and sometimes he has to give up seeing his son so others can who drove miles to see him.

"Family from Dallas, just everywhere," Santos Reyes said. "People are driving long ways... 300 miles just to see him."

Reyes' friends say he gave so much to the people around him and now they are hoping to do the same with this fundraiser.

"We're just overwhelmed with the love and support, from the community, and family and friends," Lyd Reyes, his mother said.

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