The community of Wagoner is coming together with open arms to raise money for fisherman Bryce Kindell, 17, after he was severely injured in a vehicle accident.
Kindell was driving his truck on Toppers Road when his tire popped and he struck a tree, July 11. He was the only one in the vehicle.
His mother, Katrena Kindell, is self –employed and funds are needed more than ever to help pay for hospital expenses. She is unable to work while she spends time with her son at St. John’s Medical Center in Tulsa.
Kindell is known to be an avid fisherman at Fort Gibson Lake. He often competes in fishing tournaments. He will be a senior this year at Wagoner High School.
Bryce’s fishing friends, like Braden Lankford, 16, are raising money by any means necessary to help with the expenses.
“It’s hit me really hard because we are pretty close. It’s been hard on me to watch him go through it and everything else,” Lankford said.
Lankford said he is one of six people that fished with Kindell since they were babies.
“He’s been in my boat a hundred plus times,” Lankford said.
According to his mother, Kindell was moved to an ICU step-down room at the hospital, July 20. His left leg has two rods in his femur and tibia. She said his leg is on an exercise machine slowly getting movement back.
She encourages the community to keep praying for the internal healing of his body.
The community organized a cash donation booth at the Wagoner Farmers Market on Saturdays to raise funds. A go-fund me page was also created. As of July 22, $5,660 was raised out of their $7,000 goal. The fundraiser will end Saturday, July 24.