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Community is raising money - and hope - for Keegan Henry

NASHUA (KWWL) -- In May, Keegan Henry suffered severe brain trauma when he fell into an empty grain bin while working at The Mill in Nashua. He's recovering slowly at a special care center, On With Life, in Ankeny. Saturday evening, friends are hosting a benefit for the teen and his family.

Organizer, and close family friend Sarah O'Neill, said recovery is slow for Keegan. He is getting better, but coming back from a nearly fatal accident takes time.

"He's in what they call a partial coma, so sometimes he knows what's going on, sometimes he doesn't," she explained.

Friends are hoping to help emotionally, and financially, this weekend.

"Oh my goodness, we have so much going on!" said O'Neill.

The Nashua Town and Country Club donated their entire space for Henry's benefit. They can fit about 500 people in their three rooms, but O'Neill is hoping to feed more than 700 people Saturday night.

Her goal is to fill the space with a lot of fun and prayer for Keegan.

"We want to take a lot of pictures, lots of smiles. And have people sign a poster board and just kind of have everybody collectively thinking about Keegan, and having good, positive thoughts for him," said O'Neill.

Keegan's parents are not able to leave Ankeny. But they're amazed at the outpouring of support in Nashua for their son.

"The sky's the limit. Really, the sky's the limit. I stopped setting goals a long time ago because they quadrupled," added O'Neill.

The benefit starts at 5:00 with food and a live auction. Dancing goes until 11:00. Community members have donated hundreds of items to raise money for the Henry's -- everything from a custom wedding cake to bushels of corn.

If you are not able to make it to the benefit, but would like to help Keegan Henry's recovery, there is a trust fund set up at Lincoln Savings Bank in his name.

Online Reporter Colleen O'Shaughnessy

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