Bobby Bones did just that. The radio host took to the road on Friday and made the trip to Somerset, along with Amy, Eddie, Lunchbox and another crew member named Ray.
A number of community members turned out for the meeting, which took place at Sonic, thanks to Bobby Bones’ offer to pay personally for ice cream for everyone who showed up — although the ice cream was eventually offered on the house by Sonic’s general manager.
Zimmerman, the radio host who was moved to the afternoon time slot, was on hand to welcome Bobby Bones and his crew to Somerset. And he was ready with a matching $50 donation to go toward the “Prayers for Jaden” cause.
“This was never about money,” said Zimmerman. “(Kring) always intended to give the money to charity.”
What followed after the hand-off came a face-to-face meeting between the newest radio crew and a community that has had a hard time adjusting to the change.
“It goes so far in a community when they get to shake a hand and talk to someone face-to-face,” said Zimmerman.
And Jaden’s aunt and uncle, Karen and Doug Miller, were even able to stop by on their way back up to Lexington to gratefully accept the $100.
“Jaden is doing really well,” said Karen Miller.
The 12-year-old Northern Middle School student had suffered severe injuries in the car crash, including a depressed skull fracture, a broken eye socket, and a broken cheekbone. Doctors warned her family she may never be the same again. But last Friday, on March 15, they were surprised to find, during reconstructive surgery, that Jaden hadn’t sustained significant brain injury in the accident. They said she would eventually be just fine.
“I thought it was bad two and a half weeks ago, but it’s been such a blessing overall,” said Doug Miller, about Jaden’s miraculous recovery.