WILLISTON, Fla. (WCJB) - On July 3rd, Dana Simon received terrible news about her nine year old son, Cole.
“We got up there as fast as we could, I didn’t take anything with me, I didn’t even have shoes on, I just went,” said Simon.
Cole and his friends were trying to cross U.S. 27 in Williston on their bikes to get snacks from the local Walgreens.
His mother says she immediately ran to the scene when one of the boys told her Cole had been hit by a car.
“I just had to get to him. I saw the car, saw the indent on the windshield and the first thing I thought was this is serious," said Simon.
Cole was not wearing a helmet and suffered several broken bones and fractures throughout his body.
Now, he is out of the hospital and on his road to recovery, with a community guiding him every step of the way.
“You start to lose faith in the people around you just by the way people act today. These people restored my faith in community,” said Simon
"Goals for Cole", is the fundraising event a family friend set up to help pay for medical expenses.
“My heart bleeds for them because I have a son that’s almost the same age. They play together a lot. It could of just as easily been my son,” said family friend Monica Merced.
Cole’s experience has served as a reminder for kids to be responsible in the community.
“Make sure you’re using your crosswalks, make sure you’re looking around you to make sure where your surroundings are cause you never know where this could come from,” said Simon.
Simon also says one of the most important things to remember is to always wear a helmet.
The “Goals For Cole” fundraiser will be on Saturday, July 22 from 3-6pm.
Anyone interested in volunteering or donating can visit the "Goals For Cole” event page on Facebook.