EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSDUSTY KINCAID
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Pitcher's Story Reaches Thousands; Gains Support Of Celebrities
Reported by: Leslie Rubin
Videographer: Troy Morgan
Web Producer: Leslie Rubin
Reported: Mar. 22, 2012 10:26 PM EDT
Updated: Mar. 22, 2012 10:40 PM EDT
Winfield , Putnam County , West Virginia
A Winfield High School baseball player continues to recover after suffering a massive head injury during a game on Monday.
On Thursday, family, friends, and total strangers came together to show their support for Dusty Kincaid at area Buffalo Wild Wings.
Dusty's story has gotten so much feedback, it even caught the attention of Tim Tebow and has brought together an entire community.
"We've definietly been down and up and down and up a lot these past few days,"
says Dusty's brother, Jake Kincaid.
It's a story of survival that's nothing short of a miracle. After taking a direct hit to the temple from a line drive, Dusty has started his long road to recovery.
"We all love Dusty. Dusty is just one of those kids that you can't help but smile whenever you're around him, just goofy and funny and soft hearted," says his brother.
Dusty had a seizure on Tuesday and had to have emergency surgery, but quickly bounced back.
"We were kind of a little bit heartbroken, but you know, by the time Dusty was responding and they had him giving his responses and everything, it was only a matter of time before we saw our little brother back again," he says.
His story has touched so many in such a short time. Many came to Buffalo Wild Wings in South Charleston and Cross Lanes to honor Dusty, and raise money for his recovery.
He's developed a social network following, and even caught the attention of Tim Tebow on Twitter, who sent out a message for his followers to keep Dusty in their prayers.
"He loved it and he was just as overwhelmed as you know, we were once we found out that, you know, Tim Tebow was throwing a prayer shout out for him," says his brother.
A showing of support that's overwhelmed Dusty's family, who says they're thankful he's not recovering alone.
"We're just completely and overly appreciative and just can't exactly put into words how everything's affected our family," says Jake Kincaid.
If you missed the Buffalo Wild Wing's fundraiser, there are still other ways to help the Kincaid family.
There will be another fundraiser at Graziano's in Teays Valley on Tuesday. Creekside Bar and Grill in Hurricane will also be hosting a fundraiser. On April 13, at Appalachian Power Park, Dusty will possibly be throwing out the first pitch at "Night for Dusty." There will also be a Zumba night at Winfield High School sometime in the near future.
You can also donate directly to Dusty through City National Bank under the "Friends of Dusty Kincaid" account.
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