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Racing Friends Pitch In To Help Severely Injured Yakima Man

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SELAH, WA. -- On July 4th, a 23-year-old man named Chris Morrison suffered a terrible accident. While working on a tire at the Yakima Speedway, it exploded, severely damaging his brain.


These people are out here working for Chris Morrison, a man they consider to be just like a family member. And while Chris' condition is improving, these people say he can use all the help he can get.


It may be small, but Chris Morrison's family could use it after what they've been through.


"It just goes to show you that you can't take anything for granted," Morgan Morrison, Chris' Uncle said. "He was was young, athletic, awesome kid."


His friends wanted to do something to help with the long road ahead. The exploding tire broke Chris' leg and damaged his brain. A few days ago, he finally woke up from a drug induced coma in Harborview Medical Center and he will eventually need multiple brain surgeries. Overall, his medical bills could cost up to $500,000.


"I was there last night and he's doing awesome," Morgan said. "He responds to us with thumbs up and stuff. So from where he started and where he's at now, he's a lot better."


These workers are here to do anything to pitch in. And they'll wash anything too. Even a full size trailer. All these volunteers here knew Chris from the place where the tragic accident happened. 


"It's a racing thing," Cody Denton, Chris' friend said. "Everybody that races, we do things for each other all the time. We may have feuds on the track, but when something happens, something goes wrong like this, everybody at that racetrack, as far as drivers, steps up and pitches in."


"At the track and playing sports stuff, we may be close, but I just never expected this," Morgan said.


The Yakima racing community may not be direct family of Chris', but on Sunday they're just the same as brothers and sisters. 


"We're just glad that anybody comes through this line, donates something, grabs a hamburger, hot dog, grabs something to drink, and that will make us happy," Cody said. 


If you missed the car wash and still want to help out, go to any Banner Bank location and ask for the Chris Morrison Fund. 


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