Lapeer County, MI– David Coleman, a 17-year-old from Columbiaville and senior at North Branch High School, was involved in a UTV accident last Monday, Jan. 8. Amy’s Downtown Reservoir Bar is hosting a raffle style fundraiser for Coleman.
Coleman suffered brain injuries, bruised lungs, spinal fractures and minor lacerations. He spent a handful of days in a coma but is currently awake and in ICU with plans for therapy. He had experienced pneumonia as a result of the injuries to his lungs as well.
Coleman resides in Columbiaville with his mother and his younger brother. He is employed at the Falcons Nest part time.
The Falcons Nest commented on David when at work “David is a hands-on guy. This is his first real job, and he is always finding something to do to stay busy. He has never been afraid of hard work. David is quiet at work, but once you gain his trust, he will do anything for you. David is an awesome young man, and you see in his will to recover there is just no stopping him!”
His sister, Mia Davis, said “David and I are close. David, to the outside world can be closed off or an introvert, but when you truly get to know him, he is funny, smart and very opinionated- having opinions is something me and him have in common. I’ve loved being by his side and watching him grow into the man he is.”
Davis highlighted the friendships he has. David spends a lot of his time in good company hunting, working on engines, and exploring on the weekends.
His coworker and friend, Cason Dowdy said “Overall if you know him, he is a really great person, everyone is lucky to have him in their lives. He is someone you can count on; he is a hard worker, and his personality makes you forget you’re at work. It isn’t the same without him, the team can’t wait for him to be back.”
The Fundraiser began on Jan.17 and will end on Jan. 26. The tickets can be purchased for five dollars at Amy’s Downtown Reservoir Bar. The drawing will take place at 6pm on the 26th.
The Lapeer County community really came together for this event. Local businesses and some citizens had donated prizes; 2 CPL Classes donated by Backyard Tactical LLC, $25 gift card to Falcons Nest Family Dining, $50 gift certificate to Tina’s Hair Salon in Columbiaville, $40 gift certificate to Woodchips, $40 gift card to Kookys N Cream, $20 gift Card to the Blend, two guest passes for Davison Athletic Club, $25 gift card to Gerlach’s Bowling Center, $40 gift certificate to the Holloway Bar and Grill, $50 gift card to North Branch Bar and Grill, a giftcard to Lapeer Area Sports and Entertainment Rink.
Amy’s Downtown Reservoir Bar donated a $25 gift certificate, two gift certificates for painting classes at Tabbycatts Creations and two photo sessions by Photo Pharm and Co.
Also included in the prizes are two extra-large one topping pizzas, two large breadsticks and two 2-liter sodas donated by the Village Station. The Dollar General in Columbiaville donated a gift basket filled with an assortment of items.
There were donations made out to the family directly; one of which was from Holly Dentry of Michigan Premiere Real Estate LLC.
Coleman’s family extends thanks to the businesses that donated and all who will purchase raffle tickets. His mother thanks everyone for the prayers that have been extended to David. “The fact that he is awake is a miracle to the doctors.”
His family has also started a gofundme for David- https://www.gofundme.com/f/helping-cover-costs