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Gofundme raises $104,000 for Cascade Christian grad

A Cascade Christian High School graduate who was critically injured by an improvised explosive device earlier this month near Pakistan faces a long recovery, his family says.

Air Force Special Operations Combat Controller JD Day was severely injured July 10, resulting in amputation of his right leg above the knee and portions of his left hand.

Recovering at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, since July 15, Day is surrounded by family and a member of his combat team who has been by the family’s side since Day’s injuries were reported.

The son of Central Point police Lt. Brian Day, the 23-year-old was tasked with finding and addressing ISIS militants in the Middle East.

An update Monday to a gofundme page (www.gofundme.com/5sxpgu0) stated, “JD’s surgery went well. He continues to show amazing courage, patience and long-suffering, unable to use his arms or hands to eat, drink or change positions without assistance. JD demonstrates a thankful and polite demeanor as he interacts with his medical and pain management teams. All of which is a testament to the culture of his career field.”

Day’s uncle, Jeremiah Griffin, said support from Day’s Air Force team members and the local community have been a source of comfort for the family. Day’s two siblings and his parents, Brian and Mindy Day, are by his side.

“JD endured a really lengthy and intense training process to complete training to become an Air Force combat controller and, knowing the time and energy and perseverance that he needed to get through that, we know he has what it takes to make it through the lengthy recovery process he’s going to face,” Griffin said.

Day and his wife learned they were expecting just weeks before he was injured. For his birthday last week, his wife and team members coordinated a surprise to announce the couple will have a son.

Griffin said another highlight for Day, who grew up in Medford, was a visit from Gen. Raymond A. Thomas III, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, who delivered a personalized SOCOM cap and visited with Day, his family and teammates during and after a recent surgery.

In a message relayed through Griffin, Day’s father said the family was grateful for support and prayers from the community in the Rogue Valley and military personnel, and he urged “continued prayers for JD’s hands, eyesight and right leg” and help keeping Day’s pain under control.

Griffin said the family also requested prayers for “those who remain in harm’s way.”

Day’s gofundme page was posted with a $10,000 goal within a day of his being injured. Within hours, it reached $25,000, and it surpassed $104,000 Tuesday.

Online: www.gofundme.com/5sxpgu0

Reach freelance writer Buffy Pollock at buffyp76@yahoo.com

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