Fundraiser for family injured in Texas float accident - CBS46 News

Fundraiser for family injured in Texas float accident

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KENNESAW, GA (CBS46) -

Longhorn Steakhouse in Kennesaw was turned into a Pancake House Saturday as part of a fund raiser for Meg Ladner

Ladner and her husband, Officer Shane Ladner with the Holly Springs Police Department, were both injured in a Texas parade when a train hit their float. Four people died in the accident. Ladner suffered serious injuries, including the loss of one of her legs.

"After 16 days I was able to speak to my wife and it was amazing," said Shane Ladner.

But she's a long way from being back to normal and in some ways she never will be. Meg Ladner not only lost her leg, but her pelvis was crushed and she'll likely be hospitalized for at least six months.

I asked her to not give up and she said she would not give up. I told I wasn't going to give up on her and she has kept her word," said her husband Shane.

Her friends and family are keeping their word to support her.

Longhorn Steakhouse in Kennesaw, where she used to work, turned into a pancake house for a morning fundraiser. There was also a silent auction with more than a hundred items including baskets of wine, a trip to Disney World, and even a giant bull head.

Missy Miller is a friend of family. "There's something for everybody here. It's just been a tremendous outpouring of support from the whole community. The businesses, and just people from as far away as Wisconsin and California have donated things. It's just amazing," said Miller.

Shane said it's going to be needed. Her medical bills are already building up and he said that's just the beginning.

"We're going to have to look at housing, we'll need a handicap assessable van and to be honest with you there's probably a ton of things I haven't even thought about," said Shane Ladner.

The major need made the turnout, even more special.

"It's amazing. It's very humbling. I can't say thank you enough to everyone coming out to help us," said Shane Ladner.

The breakfast and silent auction raised more than $7,000 for the family.

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