EASLEY — This Thursday, family, friends, local business owners and the community itself will continue to rally around 9-year-old Jaedyn Rule by hosting “Jae Day” in Old Market Square.
The West End Elementary student is embarking on a long road to recovery from the horrific wreck that nearly cut his life short in early March.
“He is doing much better but definitely will be in rehabilitation for a while, a year plus,” said Jackie Rule, Jae’s mother.
Jae was injured while heading back to Easley from Atlanta. The vehicle he was riding in wrecked, flipped four times and was struck by a semi-truck.
Jae hasn’t been home yet, but he’s getting closer.
“He is talking, eating regular foods (and) is responding great,” said Rule. “But he’s still not walking. He has to learn how to walk again.”
Rule, a single mom, had been working as a server at Silver Bay Restaurant. Now she spends her days at her son’s bedside.
“The doctors have asked her to please try not to leave him. They credit his recovery this far with the fact that she hasn’t left his side,” said Crystal Williams, owner of Crystal Williams Events who has donated her services to put together tomorrow’s festivities. “Easley is a community working hard to help Jackie be able to afford to stay by his side (by) maintaining her apartment and the financial needs there.”
Jae Day might have been planned on short notice, but there has been no shortage of people and local businesses stepping up to take part.
“That’s Karma is hosting the event and has committed to donating 60 percent of their clothing, shoes and accessory sales that day,” said Williams. “Many of their vendors will also have tables set up.”
Local DJ Gene Blythe will be spinning jams out for the entire family and Easley Skate Center will have games and prizes for children, she said.
Downtown Easley businesses all pitched in for the hot dog plates to be sold, with proceeds going to the Rule family.
“Joe’s Ice Cream Parlor donated the wieners, Carolina Grill gave us the buns, Rainbow Billiards donated the chili, Bowers School Supply and Quick Copy gave the chips and drinks and The Starving Artist Cafe supplied the plates. It was a group effort.”
In addition to the food, many other businesses donated items to be raffled and printed T-shirts will also be available for purchase.
Jae Day will run from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on May 26 on the sidewalks and amphitheatre in Old Market Square.
Reach Kasie Strickland at 864-855-0355.