MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - It's been nearly two months since two barges exploded on the Mobile River sending three men to the hospital.
One of the men, George Erickson, is still at USA medical center in the burn unit. Family friends said he's suffering from burns on nearly 75 percent of his body, and he's still recovering.
"His face and extremities… it's pretty extensive, the amount," said family friend Robert Stanley.
The explosion changed Erickson's life and the lives of his loved ones forever.
"It's not like a sun burn where it peels, and it heals, and you come back. It's emotionally and physically draining," Stanley said.
The family isn't comfortable sharing photos of Erickson's recovery. His wife and two sons are also doing some healing of their own.
"The youngest has only seen him four times. It's been four times since April so that's a long time for somebody you went everyday of your life," said family friend Larry Bartlett.
Bartlett said Erickson was a hard worker and spent 18 hours on the job if necessary.
To help Erickson out, friends are hosting a benefit this Sunday, June 23 at "Bill and Charlie's" bar and eatery off Bellingrath Road in Theodore.
If you like to ride, there will be a Poker Run with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m., last riders out by 11 a.m.
At noon, family fun activities will begin. There will be a silent auction, face painting, horse rides, dinner plates and much more.
"It's important for people to come out to show the community comes together when tragic times happen," said Stanley. "This is a way we can take a little of the burden off of the family and off of him to allow them to focus on the recovery."
A good recovery is something everyone is hoping for.
If you'd like to contribute to the benefit contact Rob Stanley (251) 518-4862
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