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Community rallies behind Oldham County High School student with pancakes and prayers

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OLDHAM COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) – The Oldham County Community is rallying behind a seriously injured high school student with pancakes and prayers.

After a freak accident one month ago, Tristan Ballinger is getting stronger, but still has a long road to recovery.

Friends and teammates of Ballinger spent part of a soggy Saturday morning getting the attention of drivers with signs in hand advertising a pancake benefit breakfast.

A crowded Cornerstone Grill exemplified community coming together when it's needed most.

“It's been unbelievable. Like I have no words to give for what everyone's been doing for us,” said Aimee Bratetic, whose son is friends with Ballinger.

Last month Ballinger, an Oldham County High School Student, was seriously injured in a freak accident when a piece of metal entered his forehead.

“He is in rehab right now and he's progressing every day and doing better, getting strong,” Aimee Bratetic said.

But his recovery will take time and the breakfast was to help raise money for the family. There was an overwhelming turnout as 400 pancake breakfasts were served.

“We've had literally baseball teams from North Oldham, South Oldham and their coaches and other students from other schools,” Aimee Bratetic said.

“We expected a big turn out, but the people who have come, the other schools, we had a group of bikers who have showed up, so it's been a mix of people that's been incredible,” said Gwen Widmayer, Manager of Cornerstone Grill.

The support doesn't come as much of a surprise when it comes to Tristan. Right after the accident, his baseball teammates described him as an all-around good guy.

“He's just a great person. He'll go out of his way just to make you happy,” said Gabe Bratetic.

“If you make a mistake, he's just the first one there to pick you up,” said Kyle Kaelin. “No one's more deserving of that love and it's great to see.”

Even when the pancakes are all gone, the family is asking for continued prayers.

“That's been their number one priority to make sure everyone's been praying for him and that's what he needs,” Aimee Bratetic said.

Cornerstone Grill in Buckner says donations can still be made to the family at the restaurant.

Another fundraiser will also be held at the end of January.

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