Aaron "Hix" Lee - our favorite bearded, cowboy hat wearing, key-pounding, jalopy driving, band mate was shot in the stomach on the streets of Minneapolis on October 5th.
While he and his girlfriend were walking back to their house, a car pulled up along side them. A man with a gun jumped out and demanded their phones and wallets. After immediately complying with the demands, the attacker decided to turn and shoot, and then drove away, leaving Hix and Kate in a terrifying bloody aftermath. Luckily, Kate had managed to conceal her phone from the attacker and was able to immediately dial 911. Hix was rushed to the nearest hospital and into surgery.
The bullet entered just below his belly button, nicking his colon and severing his iliac vein, before lodging in his leg, where it will remain for the rest of his life. It took an ambulance ride and two surgeries to stabilize his condition. He will need to stay in the hospital for observation for 1-2 weeks, and there will be an additional 2 weeks of at home bed rest.
Those of us who are lucky enough to call him friend and family, know that he has the biggest heart and is the most considerate person you will likely ever meet. You also know that if you are considered his friend, you ARE his family as well. He works hard, plays hard, and gives his heart and soul to his music and the people around him.
He is also a man of many hats! A musician in several bands at night, and by day; a commercial painter, as well as learning to be an electrician on recreational boats. Unfortunately, none of these hats come with Health Insurance or short term benefit package that will pay him a salary while he is recovering.
While Hix would give the shirt off of his back to someone who needs it, he would never ask for it if he needed one. So his family is asking for him. And while saving a life is priceless, there is a cost, and with no insurance to help shoulder the burden, once recovered there will be a very large medical bill for Hix to face.
Anything you can spare will help. Thank you for your support and love. Let's get Hix back in his hat and back on stage!
If you prefer to donate by cash or check directly to Aaron, there is now an account set up to receive funds directly. Please issue the check to Aaron Hix Lee and write "GIFT" in the memo. You can mail or deliver the check to: MidwestOne Bank 3585 124th Ave NW Coon Rapids, MN 55433