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For Andrew Hall, April 20 is the day that changed his life forever.
"It’s still not another day yet,” the 24-year-old said.
Hall grunts in pain as he struggles to move with a walker, each step as painful as the next. He is determined to reach normalcy after a drunk driver struck him five years ago, causing him to lose one of his legs.
"Each and every day it’s a battle to keep my spirits up," he said.
On April 20, 2009, Hall stood in front of his Safety Harbor apartment waiting for a friend to pick him up when he was struck by a vehicle driven by then 24-year-old Joshua West.
Hall lost his left leg in the accident and spent nearly eight months at Bayfront Medical Center.
But his rehabilitation continues and the bills are piling up.
"My medical bills are in the range of millions,” Hall said. "Providing for myself financially and for a future family I'd like to have is forever effected."
So he reached out. Victor Lima took his hand.
"This is a courageous kid," Lima said.
A couple years ago the two met at a drunk-driving awareness concert. Lima was moved by his story.
"Touched home,” Lima said. “I wanted to see what I could do."
A Kevco mechanic by day and an entertainment consultant for Tampa Bay Music Network by night, Lima began the Andrew Hall Project. With the help of local bands and musicians,
he can begin fundraisers to financially help the young man regain his spirit.
"Let’s just try to help this young man live a normal life and (help) him feel like he's got somebody that cares and friends out there," he said.
As he pulls his prosthetic leg along the living room carpet, every stride stronger than the other, Andrew is determined to gain his life back.
"It’s never over for me,” he said. “I'll always be a fighter. I'm tough."
The first fundraiser will be held June 14 at the Silver Dollar in East Tampa.