Special Olympics Coach Badly Burned

This is about Jeff Pasket, loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and Special Olypmics Coach and advocate. Last October, Jeff was playing in the back yard with his grandchildren. After play, he decided to mow the lawn. While opening the gas can to fill the mower, the gas expolded, covering him with flaming gasoline. He was able to somhow protect his grandson but could not manage to extinguish the flames that were consuming him.  His wife was able to come to his rescue but not before he sustained 3rd and 4th degree burns over 40% of his torso, arms, neck and face. Even on the way to the hospital, his skin reignited in the ambulance. He spent the next 5 1/2 weeks in the burn unit at Regions Hospital. Since then Jeff has endured unimaginable suffering and pain, having multiple surgeries and skin grafts. He has a long way to go and a lot of healing to do. 

Meanwhile, Jeff and his wife, Sherry are not working, the bills are staggering(their first bill was in excess of $200,000.00 and were told that on his way to recovery, the expenses could reach ONE MILLION DOLLARS) The pain and stress they are dealing with are difficult to comprehend.

Jeff and Sherry have been very active Special Olympics coaches and advocates for many years. They have a daughter and son-in-law that are Special Olympics Athletes, as well.

Jeff is one of those "nicest guys you ever want to meet" and would literally do anything for anyone that needed help. If he was down to his last dollar and he saw someone that was in need, he would give it to them.

Please dig in and help him and his family in any way you can. Even if all you can give is a prayer. Prayers make a difference.

Thank you so much.


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