Family plans to give back after tragic accident

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POSTED: Monday, April 11, 2011 - 5:05pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 6:12pm

Just four months ago, Shane Eads' life changed forever. Shane, a father of two, was doing some road work near Opelousas when the unthinkable happened. The road crew had closed one lane to make repairs causing a delay. Shane says one driver got impatient and swung out of his lane, ramming into a trailer. He was pinned between a trailor and a truck.

"I was pretty much dead," he explains.

Shane's injuries were so severe that the doctors only gave him a ten percent chance to live. His pelvis had been crushed. He was suffering from internal bleeding and his bladder had been injured as well. Parts of his right leg had been severed from his body. However, Shane survived.

"I fought through it," he says. "Somehow I came through it."

His survival was not without sacrifice. "I had lost my leg and it was never coming back," says Shane. The doctors had amputated his right leg above the knee to save his life.

"You have your life set up for you and then something like this happens and it turns it around," says his wife, Ashley Eads.

Since then, the Eads family has been forced to adjust. "It doesn't change just one person. It changes the entire family," Shane says.

Ashley quit her job in order to take care of him. "It's a full time job," she says.

The family has relied on the kindness of the community to help pay for Shane's recovery. The first fundraiser held for him drew in nearly $6,000. "It's overwhelming. It's refreshing," says Ashley. "People do care."

The Eads say there's no way they can fully repay the people who have helped them, but they want to try. "There's always going to be money in the fundraiser for the next person," says Shane.

The fundraising account opened in his honor will stay open, even after he doesn't need it anymore. "It's my way to pay it forward," he says.

For now, the Eads live one day at a time, thankful that Shane has been given a second chance at life. "There's not a day that goes by that I don't thank God that I'm here."

There are several fundraisers on the horizon for Shane. The first is coming up Saturday April 16th at the Rockin' Whiskey in New Iberia. Friends and Family are holding the Deep 6 Poker Run. It's $25 for a single rider and then an extra $5 for a passenger. Registration starts 8AM Saturday morning. The first bike will go out at 10AM. There will be live bands, an auction, and $5 jambalaya plates. All proceeds with go towards the Shane Eads Recovery Fund.

Friday April 15th will be a pre-registration party with live music.

Buffalo Wild Wings in Lafayette (4415 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy.)  will also host a fundraiser on Wednesday April 27th. Twenty percent of all purchases will go towards The Shane Eads Recovery Fund. You must have a valid certificate.

If you'd like to donate to The Shane Eads Recovery Fund, but can't make it to the fundraiser, you can still help. Donate at the Advanced Credit Union, located at 306 E. Kaliste Saloom in Lafayette. Checks can be made out to Ashley Eads. For more information on this, check out www.advancial.org or contact Lexi R. LeBlanc at lleblanc@advancial.org.

Cash and checks can also be dropped off at Ranger Offshore Inc at 805 Hwy. 90 East in New Iberia.

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