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Wounded Cedar Falls native featured in Internet fundraising drive

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A Cedar Falls native wounded in Afghanistan is getting a little help from a popular website.

In May, 23-year-old Taylor Morris stepped on an IED while leading a team of Army Special Forces soldiers. The Navy explosive ordinance disposal tech lost all four limbs in the blast. He's being treated at Walter Reid Hospital.

Now a website called The Chive is featuring Morris and his story in an article posted Thursday. Morris' parents say they'd never heard of the site that's better known for funny pictures and Internet hoaxes, but believe the fundraising side of The Chive is legit.

In the article, Morris says he knew he'd lost his legs the moment he heard the blast. His mine detecting equipment did not warn him of the device, and he feared for the safety of medics rushing to help him. He called the medics and told them to stay away until the area could be cleared.

The Chive had hoped to raise $30,000 to help Morris put a down payment on his dream cabin for himself and his girlfriend. But donations have poured in, and as of Friday afternoon, the total reached $190,000.

Taylor Morris on Facebook

Taylor Morris support site

 

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