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Published August 19, 2013, 05:40 PM

Lake Region residents support family following fireworks accident

The Lake Region is rallying behind a 15-year-old facing a long recovery after he suffered a severe eye injury in a fireworks accident on the fourth of July.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

The Lake Region is rallying behind a 15-year-old facing a long recovery after he suffered a severe eye injury in a fireworks accident on the fourth of July.

The family of Tucker Zink is facing mounting medical costs, all while his mother deals with a federal pay cut from her job in the National Guard. Billie Jo Martin says she was already sacrificing to deal with a furlough of National Guard technicians, but she says she'll do what it takes to help her son heal.

Tucker Zink was injured when a bottle rocket exploded in his face on the 4th of July. The accident severed his retina and destroyed the cornea in his right eye. Since then, the family has visited the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis six times for treatment, including two surgeries. Martin says it's a strain, especially since she lost 20 percent of her pay this summer due to the federal sequester. But friends at Camp Grafton have organized a spaghetti feed and silent auction Tuesday night. All the proceeds will help the family afford to get Tucker to his treatments.

Billie Jo says her son still faces a long road to recovery. Their next medical visit to Minneapolis is next week.

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