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Community rallies to bring Clayton man home

Posted July 25, 2011

— The Clayton community has rallied to bring home a 21-year-old man severely injured during a fall in Spain two months ago. 

Gary Harrison said his son Cory Harrison, 21, was trying to climb up the second-floor balcony of the youth hostel he was staying at after getting locked out. He fell and suffered massive head trauma. 

"When I was there, they didn't think he was going to make it through the (next) 48 hours," Gary Harrison said. "He was in bad shape." 

Since the accident, Cory Harrison has been moved to another hospital and remains in a vegetative state. His mother is currently by his side. 

The Harrisons have been struggling to find the money to bring their son home. Gary Harrison said the expenses to transport him could run up to $80,000. 

"My insurance company has fought that the entire way, not fought it, but no one has been willing to make a decision to say this is an exception," Gary Harrison said. 

After hearing about the situation, members of the community came together, holding pot-luck dinners and rallying support through Facebook. On Friday, a couple, who asked to remain anonymous, wrote the Harrison family a personal check for more than the amount needed to bring Cory Harrison home. 

cory harrison Community rallies to bring Clayton man home

The Harrisons adopted Cory Harrison when he was an infant in Philadelphia. He has 10 siblings, eight of whom are adopted. 

The Harrison's oldest daughter, Casey, an Air Force pilot on her second tour in Afghanistan, is working to get an air ambulance to transport her brother back to the United States. 

Gary Harrison said friends have helped secure a spot for his son at WakeMed's rehab facilities. He hopes his son will be home by next week. 


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  • msstokes Aug 1, 2011

    Thank God there are still people who care!!! I wish that in situations like this the family would set up a page so that people could comment and they respond back.Some things you want to say directly to them.

  • K9Tucker.LoveMYcop Jul 26, 2011

    This story gave me chills as I read it. To the anonymous couple who gave the money and the others who helped...thank you for restoring my faith in the human race!

    Praying for this young man and his family. God bless you all.

  • caseyhumphrey Jul 26, 2011

    Prayers go out to the family of a safe return to their son. I love the way people have come togather to help out this family.

  • freweeln Jul 26, 2011

    oh to be so loved! My prayers go out to this young man, his family, and the wonderful folks who are helping. Thank you for lifting my spirits and faith in my fellow human beings!

  • marla91169 Jul 26, 2011

    This is great news! I'm so happy that the Harrisons are able to bring Cory home. Praise God! Thank you to the couple that wrote the check! You are wonderful!

  • iwasjustsaying Jul 26, 2011

    God bless this young man and his family.

  • happyone Jul 26, 2011

    This family is such an outstanding family and so deserve the gift of each other from God! To the family that donated the gracious gift and all others that donated..... so beyond heartwarming!!

  • Nunya123 Jul 26, 2011

    YeaOh - it would probably respond by telling people like you to actually read the legislation before trying to take a tragedy and turn it political.

  • Perusing Online Thoughts Jul 26, 2011

    "How would ObamaCare respond to this situation?"

    You missed an excellent opportunity to enjoy a heartwarming story and avoid being an irritating troll.

  • goozleboy Jul 26, 2011

    I truly hope for a full recovery for this young man and his family. Thanks God for the community folks and the couple who donated the funds to see this guy home. This should go to show you need to count on each other in times such as these and not the lofty greed-driven politicians who see the masses as mere taxpayers.