A GoFundMe campaign has been launched for the man who lost his leg in a wood chipper accident in Yarmouth this week. Thirty-one-year old James Blaney has a long road ahead of him as he recovers from his injuries and heads to rehab to learn to walk with a prosthetic leg.
The campaign, which was launched by Sarah Schuster, can be accessed here. As of 11:25 Sunday morning the campaign had raised $280 of its $10,000 goal.
In the campaign description, the sponsor wrote, "James is a very kind caring individual, who would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. It is our time to help him when he needs it the most. As he is usually the first person to reach out when everybody else needs it. We thank everyone in advance for your contributions and continued words of encouragement and support. Every little but will help as he has to maintain car payments, rent, and many other bills. Thank you again."
Meanwhile, Yarmouth Police posted a classy, upbeat message from Mr. Blaney on their Facebook feed: "Thank you to everyone and your prayers, my coworkers saved my life, and if it wasnt for Nick and Kevin I dont think I would be here today, I've received an overwhelming amount of support, the chief of police called today to see how I was doing and I remember the EMT came to check on me last night as well, it's hard to accept the fact I no longer have a leg and it will be a long road ahead of me but I'm alive and that's all due to an army of first responders, my coworkers, and a fantastic team at Cape Cod Hospital."
The accident remains under investigation by police and OSHA.