SOUTHINGTON — Members of the Southington High School class of 2000 are raising money to support a classmate seriously injured when he was struck by a car while jogging in September.
Brian McKernan was hit by a car near his home in Long Island on Sept. 13. A blood clot was removed from his brain after the accident, which shattered a vertebra, fractured another near his head and injured his leg. Due to his injuries McKernan has to wear a halo to restrict the movement of his head until his body can heal.
“It didn’t sound like he was going to make it,” said classmate and close friend Trevor Grayson, who went to the hospital after getting a call about the accident. “They were concerned he wasn’t going to make it. He’s a trooper and he definitely pulled through.”
“It took a long time for everything to set in,” said Michael Collin, another friend and classmate. “It’s shocking he’s alive though and that’s what matters.”
For years McKernan has been an avid runner and was a member of the track team in high school. Grayson, who has known McKernan since first grade at Thalberg School, said he was training for some races coming up. Collin, Grayson and a handful of other friends are raising money to help McKernan with his medical expenses.
The group is using the free fundraising website YouCaring.com and has already raised $16,800. Because there has been such an outpouring of support, especially from the Southington community, Collin said they decided to put together a fundraiser near Thanksgiving as well since many friends and family will be home. The event will be held at the Polish Falcons Nest 307 in Plantsville on Friday, Nov. 29, and will feature raffles, food and drinks.
“We’re excited to get everyone together for the holidays and to be thankful that he’s alive and doing well and on the path for recovery,” said Grayson.
Because McKernan is still healing, he will not be able to attend the event but Collins hopes that they will be able to videoconference with him that night at the fundraiser.
The fundraiser is scheduled for 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Serafino’s Pharmacy, 36 N. Main St., or the Law Office of Kelly, Crispino, & Kania at 133 Main St. Any remaining tickets can be purchased at the door. The Polish Falcons Nest is at 33 Knowles Ave. For more information email BeStrongTickets@gmail.com.