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Highland Lakes community raises $10,000 for Roy Inks

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Lee Ellis (right) presents a check to Roy Inks to help with the costs he and his wife, Petey, face as he goes through a long rehabilitation process after he was left a quadriplegic last October following a surgery to correct a spinal problem. Friends and community rallied on his behalf during a June 27 fundraiser as well as set up a Roy Inks Fund at Llano National Bank. Courtesy photo

LLANO — After complications during surgery last October to correct a spinal problem left him a quadriplegic, Roy Inks found himself on the receiving end of the same care and compassion he showered the Llano and Highland Lakes communities with for decades.

Friends, family and community members began looking for ways to help Inks and his wife, Petey, as they faced a big transition in their lives with mounting medical bills and other costs associated with his health. Since then, Inks has underwent extensive physical therapy, and friends say he has regained some feeling. But the journey in front of him and Petey looks to be a long one.

On June 27, those friends and community members held a fundraiser for Inks at the American Legion Hall and set up the Roy Inks Fund at Llano National Bank. In a short amount of time, folks have contributed and raised more than $10,000 for the couple.

Lee Ellis, the fund’s treasurer, presented the couple with a check July 10 to help them cover the costs of needed medical equipment and modifications to their home.

People can still contribute to the fund by mailing contributions to the “Roy Inks Fund” at Llano National Bank, P.O. Box 190, Llano, TX 78643, or just dropping them off at one of the bank’s branches.

Ellis said people can continue to contribute through the end of July.

Organizers say they really appreciate all the people who stepped up to help with the benefit providing food, supplies and auction items as well as assistance for the event itself.