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TRI-CITIES, TN/VA (WJHL) - A tragic hunting accident left a Mount Carmel man paralyzed from the chest down.  Now several communities are stepping up to help the man who they say was always there to help them.

According to family, Keith Campbell fell 25 feet from a tree stand while hunting on last Monday.  His sister, Kimberly Campbell, told us a bolt broke causing the tree stand to fall.  Kimberly says when she got the call that her brother was injured she immediately burst into tears.

"My mother called and said Kimberly he's fallen out of a tree stand and we don't know how bad he's hurt, get home.  My heat fell out.  That's my brother," said Kimberly Campbell.

Kimberly says the family is now changed forever as they face the difficult and costly challenges ahead of them.

"It's a very hard time for my family, for his wife's family, it's been really tough," said Kimberly.

The family must now pay for expensive changes to Keith's home and car to make them handicap accessible.  Not to mention the doctor bills.  With keith now on disability and his wife taking time off to be with her husband and their four children, the family is now in a hard spot financially.

"There is no income coming in to help support them or any of the equipment and all the things Keith is going to need," said Kimberly.

However, almost immediately people began lending a helping hand.

"They're a very sweet, loving, and close family.  People really want to help because this is such a tragedy for them and their lives will never be the same," said Jessica Waycaster, a friend of the family.

Waycaster says what started out as a few offering their support, has now grown to hundreds.

"I didn't really anticipate that people would be so generous.  When he got injured it was just an idea to get something together to help and just by word of mouth and through Facebook the word has spread tremendously.  People have come forward and they really want to help," said Waycaster.

On November 9th Waycaster is coordinating a big fundraising event for the Campbell family.  It will take place at the Kingsport Life Saving Crew building.  It will include a silent auction, a raffle, a yard sale and much much more.  Anyone wishing to make a donation to the family or for the event can call Waycaster at 423.863.3631 or email her at jessiewayc21@gmail.com.  

There will also be a corn hole tournament at the event.  Adam Lane is helping coordinate the tournament.  It is $20 per team to sign up.  Prizes include a 2 day fishing trip, a round of golf, car detailing, and more.  To help with or enter the tournament call Lane at 423.367.5324.

All proceed from the Haunted Barn on October 26th at Painter Hollow in Mt Carmel will also go to the Campbell family.  Coordinators say follow the signs on 11W to get to the location.
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