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Fundraiser held for E. Texas student injured in wreck

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Jacob Smith is recovering from his injuries. (Source: KLTV Staff) Jacob Smith is recovering from his injuries. (Source: KLTV Staff)
Jacob's cousin sells bracelets to raise money for his medical bills. (Source: KLTV Staff) Jacob's cousin sells bracelets to raise money for his medical bills. (Source: KLTV Staff)
#TeamJacob bracelets (Source: KLTV Staff) #TeamJacob bracelets (Source: KLTV Staff)
TYLER, TX (KLTV) - An East Texas student injured in a serious car crash is being lifted up by his community to help pay his medical bills. 


A fundraiser was held Saturday in Tyler for Jacob Smith. Jacob was hospitalized in April after the car he was riding in for a leadership trip was hit head on by a wrong-way driver. The impact of the accident broke several of Jacob’s bones, fractured his back and caused a traumatic brain injury.

“You can get through anything if you know that you have God and support. [Those are] the biggest things that help me along the way, everyday,” said Jacob.

Many of Jacob’s family and friends gathered Saturday in support of Jacob and his recovery.

“People from the community and especially my family have gotten together and they just want to let everybody know how I’m doing. I guess they just want to support me which is a really good thing during the recovery,” he said.

Jacob’s recovery has been slow, but successful.

“I’m doing a lot better with rehab and I’m getting stronger and my brain as far as memory, so I’m really working on my memory and making sure that my brain is healing really well,” he said.

Jacob says he attends rehab everyday and has had to relearn everything from speaking to walking.

“Through accidents, you realize especially with the brain, that you have a lot of recovery to do. The hardest part of recovery has been letting yourself know that you will not be the same person that you were before, but always striving to be better,” said Jacob.

Saturday, his family sold bracelets in an effort to help Jacob’s parents with the massive amount of medical bills he's incurred.

“The main goal is for us to see that smile on Jacob’s face and then another thing is to give God glory and praise because if it had not been for him, Jacob would not be here with us,” said Von Smith-Gross, Jacob’s aunt.

Jacob’s family says he has come a long way, but he still has a long road ahead.

“There's a long process still for him. We're so blessed to still have him here. We're thankful,” said Ukeko Williams, Jacob’s aunt.

Jacob says his recovery wouldn't be the same without the outpouring of support he's received.

“[It] lets me know that I have family and I have friends and the community helping me along the way. It's the best thing,” he said.

Jacob plans to be back in school for his senior year, as he continues to undergo rehab for his injuries.

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