Benefit set this Saturday for Como man who broke back in hunting accident

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

Oct. 22, 2008 - A fund-raiser is planned Saturday for Zach Loyd, whose back was broken when his deer stand collapsed Sept. 14.

The chili and stew supper benefitting Loyd begins at 5 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 26, at Lake Highlands Baptist Church, 1500 College St. Donations are requested. The benefit will also include dessert auction, and chances for door prizes can also be obtained at the event.

While doctors report Lloyd is expected to be OK, he has a long road ahead of him just to get back on his feet, his aunt Debbie Davis said.

"Zach's still in the hospital," Davis said. "He developed a staph infection and had to have another procedure. He was supposed to get out, but because of that he's still in the hospital. It's going to take a while for him to get back on his feet and even longer before he can return to work. He's looking at a long recovery with some rehab."

Loyd, a Como-Pickton High School graduate, had gone Sunday to the family farm where he and his father, Slick Loyd, often enjoy hunting. While in his deer stand, it collapsed, causing him to fall to the ground and break his back.

The young man, a truck driver in his 20s, was flown to East Texas Medical Center, where he underwent surgery for the back injury.

Loyd does have medical insurance and likely will receive some disability insurance, but neither is expected to cover all medical costs, much less his family's other living expenses. Prior to the accident, both he and his wife of just over a year, Angie, were working "to make ends meet, especially now when things are so expensive," Davis noted.

In addition to their expenses, Zach and Angie Loyd have two children -- her son Chasen, and daughter Taryne.

To help Zach and Angie with medical expenses and other costs during his convalescence, the chili and stew supper and dessert auction are planned Saturday at Lake Highland's Church, where his grandmother, is a member.

"We're hoping we can raise some money to help them with expenses, which are just outrageous," said Mozell Loyd, Zach Loyd's mother and a member of the church where the benefit will be held. "He's not able to work. They're doing as well as can be expected. His wife continues to care for the kids and work, which is hard with him there."

All proceeds from Saturday's fund-raiser will go into the Zach Loyd medical fund established at Alliance Bank. Donations may also be made at the bank to the account.

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