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Lewiston continues to rally around boy hurt in tragic lawnmower accident: 'He's very strong'

LEWISTON, N.Y. (WIVB) - After six surgeries, nearly three weeks in the hospital, and almost a month recovering at home, Gavin Burns is finally getting back to being a kid. 

On June 1, the ten year old was taken by Mercy Flight to Oishei Children's Hospital after a tragic lawnmower accident. Doctors were able to save his leg, but were forced to amputate his foot. 

"Now that he has his stitches out, they're trying to introduce him to his wound," close family friend, Mike Carroll said. "He's out swimming. He's getting acclimated with it. He's doing great.

Mike shared a video of Gavin doing a handstand in the pool recently. It's no wonder people around him have come up with a hashtag for him: #GavinStrong.

"There's definitely a long road ahead of him, but he's dealing with it pretty well... pretty amazingly," Carroll said. "He's happy, he's smiling. He's living his life like any ten year old kid would, and I'm shocked. I know I couldn't go through that and be as upbeat as he is, but he's strong... he's very strong."

When Gavin came home from the hospital on June 17, hundreds of people lined the streets to cheer him on. And that support hasn't faltered. 

In about two weeks, the town of Lewiston is coming together yet again, to rally around him. 

A fundraiser will be held on July 28, at Brickyard Brewing on Center Street. 

Half the proceeds from the fundraiser will go to the Burns family, the other half will go to a foundation called, 'Limbs for Life.'

"It's a not-for-profit organization that helps people who can't afford prosthetics," Carroll said. 

Gavin will need a prosthetic. Carroll says he's getting fit for that 'helper foot' now. 

In the meantime, Brickyard Brewing is gearing up for the hundreds of people expected at the fundraiser. They plan to release a new beer that night. It will be a pilsner that will be called, #GavinStrong. 

"Honestly, I would expect nothing less from this community," Carroll said. "I've lived here my whole life and it's always been that way. Just the support that not only the Burns family has received from this, but the support I've received, it's been unbelievable."

The fundraiser will run from 8 p.m. to midnight on July 28. It's $30 a person, which includes a four-hour drink package. Anyone is welcome to attend. The fundraiser will be a Christmas in July theme. There will be a costume contest with prizes, a band and a silent auction. Carroll expects to raise at least $10,000.

If you can't make the fundraiser, but would like to donate to this cause, you can send a donation to the following. Any checks can be made payable to Gavin Burns:

PO Box 188 

Lewiston, NY 14092


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