Favor repaid after one year

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 25, 2005

On a hot Thursday afternoon, when most people are looking for air conditioning, Deaton Owens, the son of Chuck and Kim Owens, could be found selling lemonade in front of Wal-Mart, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

On June 23, 2004, exactly one year ago, Deaton was involved in a four-wheeler accident near a fishing pond in the Old Texas Community, which left him in critical condition.

He was taken to L.V. Stabler Memorial Hospital where he had to be airlifted to Birmingham's Children's Hospital.

During his 22-day stay in the hospital, he lost one kidney, suffered a serious burn on his back and sustained many internal injuries.

Even though he was able to begin school with everyone else, he still had many physical check-ups to endure during his recovery process.

"I definitely couldn't ride a four-wheeler when I got home," he said.

Kim, Deaton's mother, explained that she and her son were selling lemonade to raise money as a way to show their gratitude to Children's Hospital.

"This is a way for us to give back," she said.

"All proceeds from today's sale will go to the Children's Hospital.

We could have just written a check and donated money that way, but I felt that it was important for Deaton, who turns 9 on July 3, to have something in which he could participate himself," she explained.