Motorcycle pastors injured in recent crash need help

Published: Jun. 10, 2016 at 8:43 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 24, 2016 at 4:58 PM CDT
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A Keithville couple known affectionately as motorcycle pastors barely survived a crash May 28....
A Keithville couple known affectionately as motorcycle pastors barely survived a crash May 28. Now their daughter is raising money for their mounting medical bills. (Source: Stephanie Phelan)

SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) - In the blink of an eye, an ArkLaTex couple who have dedicated their lives to helping others as motorcycle pastors are recovering in the hospital.

Both were critically injured in a motorcycle crash. Now their loved ones are helping raise money to help them in their time of need.

Stephanie Phelan and her husband, John, showed KSLA News 12 photos of her mom and dad along with images from the motorcycle crash May 28 in south Bossier Parish.

"I just fell down on the floor," Phelan recalled.

The shock of seeing her parents - Jerry and Tina Kennedy - clinging to life quickly turned to overwhelming grief, she said.

The Kennedys were injured when an alleged drunken driver made a left-hand turn right into their path on Louisiana Highway 157, throwing Tina Kennedy nearly 50 feet.  Both were rushed to University Health in Shreveport, where they've undergone multiple surgeries.

Holding back tears, Phelan said: "We never got to talk to her. I mean she was, she was out the whole time, so, until just a few days ago."

The Kennedys are known as motorcycle pastors. They were headed home after officiating a wedding at Lake Bistineau earlier May 28 when the crash happened.

Now the couple who have given so much to so many are in desperate need of financial help with medical expenses. "I would say probably more than $200,000," .Phelan estimated, sorting through the mountain of bills.

Even after they get out of the hospital, her parents will need months of long-term rehab.

Her husband helped set up a GoFundMe account that's already has raised more than $6,300 from 65 people in 10 days for the Kennedys.

"Oh my God, like overwhelming. Like, I don't even have words. I really have no words to express how grateful we are," Phelan said.

A fundraiser for the Kennedys will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. June 14 at River City Grille, 1903 Benton Road in Bossier City. Ten percent of customers' before-tax bill will be donated to the Kennedy Rehabilitation Fund if they bring a preprinted flier to hand to their server. There will be volunteers at the door handing out the vouchers.

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