Long Recovery For Florence Burn Victim, Benefit Planned

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LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - A fire destroyed a Florence family's home in February.

The father managed to get his two kids out alive but sustained lifelong injuries.

Now Shane Green is back in the Shoals, learning to live life with new challenges.

Green lost part of his hand and suffered major lung damage.  However, Wednesday he was still able to throw a ball around with his son, Devin and daughter, Trinity.

Green says it's the smiles and laughter from his kids that fill his heart with joy and keep him going when the difficulties become too daunting.

“Putting my kids in the car, having to re learn how to buckle the seat belt one handed and there`s a special way I have to tie my shoes, I can`t do it the normal way,” said Green, as he listed just some of the challenges he must now overcome.

Green spent five weeks in the hospital recovering, but didn't have insurance.

The medical bills piled up and family and friends want to help cover the costs.

Everyone is invited to a benefit for Green and his family Saturday, May 25th.

Starting at noon in McFarland Park in Florence, there will be games, food, and prizes for everyone.

The mayor will be there to present Green with a key to the city.

The event is free.  Donations will be taken, to help cover Green's medical bills.