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Oct 24, 2012 9:48 PM by Steven Albritton

Benefit Event Planend for Injured Soldier's & Family

On June 12th Army Specialist Zach Parker's life changed forever. He was injured by an I.E.D. and had both legs and his left arm amputated.

Fawn Hernandez doesn't know Parker, but when she saw the story on KATC, she started following his story on Facebook. After signing up for a half marathon for herself, she wanted to do something to give back.

"I just decided I wanted to do something for Zach. It kind of just snow balled. I thought just a few friends would be running and donating a few bucks, but it turned into a bigger event and we're inviting all of Lafayette," Hernandez said.

Now with Halloween around the corner, Hernandez put together a Monster Dash benefit hosted by Cochon in River Ranch. Those participating can do a three mile run, or a one mile walk in costume. Also, Maven Menswear will donate a portion of their weekend sales to the cause leading up to the monday evening event.

"I was absolutely amazed that people are stepping forward and just wanting to help Zach and wanting to help our family to get through what has literally been the hardest time in our life," Parker's sister Kayla Newitt said.

Parker is out of his coma and being fitted for prosthetic limbs, but will have to spend up to two more years in a San Antonio, Texas hospital. This event will help his family continue seeing him.

"He's excited. He's very happy that people are trying to help everything we have to do," Newitt said.

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