Tribune-Courier General Manager
DRAFFENVILLE – Sunday’s concert at Marshall County High School to raise money for Shane McKenty and Landon Lovett resulted in over $34,000 in contributions. McKenty and Lovett remain hospitalized following the Memorial Day crash.
The concert featured a number of local bands and musicians, along with t-shirt sales, a silent auction and concessions. Most all of the items for the benefit were donated by local residents and businesses.
Russ Buchanan, CIO of Marshall County Schools says both Shane and Landon are showing improvement.
“Shane has been moved out of ICU. He is still in a coma but making strides,” said Buchanan. “His family was very encouraged when his speech therapist put a speaking valve on his trache and while they were working with him he said ‘ouch.’”
Buchanan said Shane’s parents have reported seeing signs of his personality coming through at different points. He does open his eyes and tracks people as they move around the room. They are very encouraged”.
Landon continues to show slow improvement, as well, according to Buchanan.
“The doctor at Western Baptist continues to be encouraged on items that he is able to mark off on his checklist. Landon is still not breathing completely on her own but has improved on the amount of breaths that the ventilator supplies,” he reports.
Cory Burkeen, the driver of the vehicle that crossed the center line and hit the car full of college students nearly head on, was released from the hospital last week.