It has been a week since Grand Rapids resident Pierre Camy came back to his hometown after being shot while on vacation in Puerto Rico. And people are asking how they can help.
Camy and his family were vacationing in Puerto Rico when an intruder broke into their place, shot Camy, and paralyzed him.
While Camy undergoes physical therapy at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital in Grand Rapids, Janice McWhertor has been receiving numerous calls and e-mail each day.
"Right away, people entered into it with a sense of, 'It could have been me,’” said McWhertor, minister at Congregational Life at Church of the Servant.
Camy works at Schuler Books, but checks have been coming in from other book stores as far away as California. Plus, an architect from the church has stopped by the Camy house to see what modifications may be needed to make the place suitable. Plus there have been offers from builders and suppliers.
Meanwhile, Schuler Books is also pitching in. They're working on getting everything modified to Camy can go back to his old job once he's ready, says Emily Stavros Schaefer, promotions coordinator.
“He’s someone that we can lean upon, and I’m glad that he’s going to be able to lean on us now,” said Stavros.
The Camy family released a statement Monday:
"We are grateful for the great encouragement and support from our friends, family, and friends of our friends and family all over the world. Pierre has settled into his therapy and is growing stronger every day. The doctors, nurses and therapists at Mary Free Bed have provided a wonderful place for him to regain independence and confidence.
It will take a while for us to get back to our normal lives, but we will get there one day at a time, with the help of our family and all of our friends."
To help the family, you can send donations or letters:
Church of the Servant
3835 Burton Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546