will offering supper and music fest set at Milan VFW
comes together to help young man seriously injured
Wanda English Burnett
well being is about all his mother, Barbara Hotko, has on her mind
these days. She told The Versailles Republican she is grateful for
people like Jean Stoddard, who is organizing a fundraiser to help
the family after Dylan Eadens, 19, was involved in a horrific car
crash December 13.
Right now at his side is where I need to be, Hotko told
the newspaper as she prepared to make the trip she makes every single
day to a Cincinnati hospital where her son is fighting for his life
in a burn unit following a one-vehicle accident on Delaware Road
that claimed both his legs and left him severely burned.
Dylan graduated from Jac-Cen-Del High School in 2008 and had recently
graduated from Hobart Institute of Welding Technology in Troy, OH.
His dreams of becoming a welder were closer than ever and soon he
was employed at BAE Systems of Fairfield, OH.
Raised in the Osgood/Milan area, Dylan was home for the weekend
when the tragic accident happened where his vehicle became an inferno
that trapped him after he lost control on icy roads, according to
Stoddard. Friends of Dylan describe him as full of life,
energetic, funny, witty, strong,
and determined. Now his will for life has been put to
the test. He has already been through numerous medical procedures
including the amputation of both of his legs.
Friend of Dylan and the family and coordinator of the upcoming fundraiser,
Stoddard said the accident, changed this young mans
life forever. She is a registered nurse and was on duty the
night Dylan was brought to the emergency room, one she will never
Stoddard noted that Dylan is an exceptional young man with
a wonderful personality who she thought the world of. He had
worked for her when she lived on a farm near the Milan area.
Jean was actually friends with Dylan before she and I became
friends, noted Dylans mother who is also a nurse. Now
the women have more than ever in common - they are nurses, they
love Dylan, and are now fighting for him to overcome hurdles most
people cannot imagine.
There will be many fundraisers to help with the expenses for this
young man, who would have had insurance in a short time, but since
he was only begun his position he didnt quite qualify, leaving
him with no insurance.
Traveling to and from the hospital daily is a financial strain on
the family that Stoddard hopes can be alleviated by the good will
of a caring community. She and others have worked hard to organize
a group called Friends of Dylan who have planned a night
of music entitled Giving Hearts. This will be a free-will
offering supper and multi-band music fest held February 6 from 4-10
p.m. at the Milan VFW Post #6234 (107 N. Warpath, Milan).
The event will feature Wildwood Valley Boys, a bluegrass band, Mills
Run, country, and Broken Image, a rock group. Catering will be provided
by Waynes Meats. There will be a raffle and silent auction.
This is where many businesses and individuals are needed to donate
items. You can contact Stoddard at 654-1614 or 513-967-1667.
If you are unable to come to the music fest but want to give, you
can make a tax deductible donation to any Fifth Third Bank, c/o
Friends of Dylan Eadens.
Stoddard noted the road to recovery is long for her young friend
- who turned 20 New Years Eve while in the burn unit fighting for
his life. While he faces many challenges ahead, she says the generous
support from friends, neighbors, family and the entire community
will help at this critical time in their lives.
While the family needs financial assistance to get through this
tough time, they also need prayer. Dylans mother said she
is appreciative of all the prayers she knows people have offered
on behalf of her son.