'Blessed to be alive': Friends rally behind local man after he loses foot in motorcycle accident

Published: Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 12:59 PM.

"He said he couldn't believe that I was still alive," Washington recalled. "He said 'I saw you and came home and told my wife, we gotta pray for this guy.'"


Community reaches out

Due to the accident, Washington hasn't been able to report to work at Residence Inn in Sandestin, where he works in maintenance. Washington is fortunate enough to have health insurance — his first two weeks in the hospital amount to $90,000 before insurance kicked in.

From the moment he was admitted to the hospital, Washington 's friends and family have been there to offer support. From helping him at home to sending text messages of encouragement. Earlier this month, a couple of friends went above and beyond by hosting a benefit concert at The Palms in Destin, raising close to $8,000 for Washington . The idea came from his friend Nikki Thrash.

"An old boss, Jerry Turner came to help me and he got The Palms for the venue," Thrash said. "Soon the whole community started pitching in."

The benefit concert featured bands such as Heritage and Zero Hour, DJs and a live auction with close to $10,000 in merchandise.

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