‘Wes will bounce back’ Benefit; Family raises money for burn victim

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- 7 weeks ago Wes Kean was in an off-road racing accident where he suffered second and third degree burns to 40 percent of his body.

Since then, he has been in the burn center at Vanderbilt University.

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His family, friends and community came together today to raise money for his medical bills and celebrate his progress.

Chris Blansit, Wes’ brother-in-law says, “Wes has got a long road but seeing the progress over the last seven weeks. I can’t imagine where he is going to be in another seven. If they don’t put an ankle bracelet on him, he’s going to walk out of the hospital. That’s basically what Wes will do.”

Smile’s, laughs and a little tears could bee seen and heard at the John A. Patten Center today.

Wes Kean’s family held a benefit to raise money for his medical bills.

He has had multiple surgeries and he may have more.

But, his family has seen progress in his recovery and say that he is determined to race again.

“He is now walking under his own strength. The nurses walk with him to help him hold his balance. He’s walking, he’s talking, every bit of Wes’ personality is there. That’s going to be good for some people and not so good for others because he’s very honorary. if you know Wes, the nurses have a lot coming”, adds Blansit.

Wes’ family is very thankful for all of the support that thy have received.

Blansit says, “There’s going to be a lot. There’s going to be at least another month before getting out of the hospital and a long long road to recovery.There’s a lot of people here and we appreciate everyone. We’ve got people that have donated their time, donated items for auction and for sale to raise all of this money for Wes. In addition to all of the support from the racing community that has been out here since the beginning of this tragic event.”

If you would like to donate, click here.

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Danielle Moss joined the WDEF 12 News team in April 2019 as a reporter, producer and fill-in Meteorologist. She began her journey at WDEF as a weather intern. Now, you can find Danielle on the evening anchor desk every weekend. She also reports during the week and does weather as well. Danielle grew up in Atlanta, GA and graduated from Jacksonville State University with a Mass Communications degree. She recently graduated from Mississippi State's Broadcast and Operational Meteorology degree program in May of 2020. Prior to WDEF, Danielle worked as a sideline reporter on Friday Night Network. She is an avid traveler and is excited to start exploring Chattanooga. To connect with Danielle on social media you can find her on Twitter: @SunnyD_wx and you can like her Facebook page: Danielle Moss WDEF.