It’s been just a couple days since a tragic accident took the lives of Leadwood residents Greg Moyers, 40, and his wife Sarah Moyers, 39, leaving their two daughters hospitalized in Arnold Palmer Hospital in Florida.
The family was enjoying a Disney vacation with another family and had reportedly gone separate ways from their friends after enjoying Disney together. The Moyers were reportedly heading to the beach when tragedy struck.
Neither Greg nor Sarah survived the crash. Their daughter Haley, 13, was airlifted with critical injuries and their daughter Sophia, 8, was listed in serious condition.
An uncle to the two girls, Richard Moyers, gave an update on the girls’ condition. Haley is not on life support like some may have heard. She is on a ventilator and has a broken leg.
“Right now their priority is to keep (Haley) stable. She has some serious injuries and she needs prayer right now,” said Richard. “They are keeping an eye on it that is all we know. Her condition is up and down so much right now.”
He said that is why the family hasn’t been releasing updates. Once they are able to get Haley fully stabilized they will be able to focus on her other injuries.
“Sophia, compared to her sister, she is doing well,” said Richard. “She does have a broken leg, but other than that we are not sure of any other injuries. It’s unfortunate we are talking about the superficial wounds and not the wounds that are going to take decades to get over if that is even possible.”
Richard added the hospital will be giving a formal press release sometime Wednesday since all the media has been bombarding the hospital with questions.
Jason Nash, a family friend, wanted to help the family and created a GoFundMe account and set up an account at First State Community Bank.
“The amazing support has helped me cope with the loss and it’s more than words can describe,” said Nash. “People genuinely want to know how those girls are doing and I appreciate that more than words can describe. The more we can talk about Greg and Sarah, the more people are going to want to help Haley and Sophia.”
Nash stressed he is not a spokesman for the family, he just wants to help and not burden the family with anything. He said this is one way that he could help and there has been an amazing response.
“Greg and Sarah were special people and they touched so many lives,” said Nash. “It’s overwhelming to see the support from everybody. I am getting emails from people all over the world. It’s been overwhelming. Financially things are going beyond where I thought they would go.”
By Tuesday morning the GoFundMe account had raised more than $45,000, but it was discovered by the company that a user by the name of “Master Mass” was fraudulent.
“It breaks my heart that there are those that try to benefit from a tragic event,” said Nash. “’Master Mass’ was found to be fraudulent as was its $21,000 worth of donations. This is an emotional time for everyone and we are not going to allow the evil in this world to overshadow what Greg and Sarah meant to us. They were very special people that continue to touch lives even after they have left us. We are almost three times the original goal. Thank you is not enough to express my appreciation to all the support everyone has shown.”
Nash added the account at First State Community Bank is also getting attention and he is thankful for the support everyone is giving to the girls.
Anyone wanting to make a donation to the family can visit any First State Community Bank location and donate to the “Greg and Sarah Moyers Memorial Fund.” Also the GoFundMe can be found at www.gofundme.com/4gregandsarah
A Facebook page has been set up, “Greg and Sarah’s Angels,” to help update the public on the girls’ progress. If anyone wants to mail a donation, card or anything else for the girls, send it to P.O. Box 1443 Farmington, Mo 63640-1443.
Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or firstname.lastname@example.org