Parents of a 12 year old who was critically injured in a Grant County school bus accident two weeks ago say that their son is slowly getting better.
Cody Shively was one of the most severely injured of the 17 students aboard the bus that ran from the road and crashed into a telephone pole.
His parents have put their lives on hold while Cody fights for his in Children's Hospital in Cincinnati.
People across the Tri-State saw the horrific images of the bus, its side buckled, seats bent and small streaks of blood, a painful reminder of the horror stains the outside.
We all know those images but those of us outside of the small Grant County community where Shively is from don't know him or his family, which makes the outpouring of support from other family, friends and even strangers that much more amazing.
Shively is a Grant County Middle School student and he is still suffering from severe head injuries and doctors are not giving a prognosis at this time. Cody's mother has dropped everything to be at her son's side and that has moved several friends to do something to help the family.
"It's sad and it's frustrating and you don't know how to help somebody in this situation," said Christie Schulte who found a way to help when she went to the Bourbon House Pizza Restaurant. Christie contacted the Bourbon House's owners Mary and Rich Brandsetter about a small raffle and benefit.
But now happily the small event has snowballed into an all day push to help Cody and his family. The benefit now features karaoke, belly dancers as well as other events. The Brandsetters say that ten percent of all sales today will go to the Shively family as well as open donations can be given at the door.
"We've been answering phone calls all morning about people letting us know, hey, I can't come in for lunch, but I will drop in a donation," said Mary.
The Shivelys will continue to be at their son's bedside while the benefit is going on several miles south of them but are aware and, according to Schulte, are thankful for the support, "they're overwhelmed by the generosity and all the caring support. Just that people would love Cody that much."
The benefit runs from 11 a.m. until midnight at Bourbon House Pizza on Carlton Drive in Burlington.
Report: Chris Shaw