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February 19, 2013
DALLAS -- Fundraising efforts are under way to help the Dallas man critically injured in a traffic accident near Riddell Road last month pay for mounting medical expenses.
Kenn Kinnaman, 18, has been at Oregon Health & Science University Hospital in Portland since Jan. 22. Tabitha Vedder, a friend of Kinnaman's family, said he suffered major brain trauma that has left him mostly unresponsive.
"He has had some movement, but it's been involuntary," Vedder said. "His mom (Joanie Kinnaman) did say that he did squeeze her hand."
However, an update posted Monday on a Facebook page "Kenn Kinnaman Updates and Prayers" said Kenn was sitting up and able to say a few words to his mom.
Kinnaman will need long-term care and has a difficult recovery ahead, Vedder said.
Frozation Nation, 641 Clay St. E. in Monmouth, will donate all proceeds from its sales on Monday to Kinnaman.
A University of Oregon football autographed by Dan Fouts will be raffled off and wristbands that say "Pray4K" will be available for sale at the event.
Kinnaman worked at the Zumatel office in downtown Dallas and had been attending Chemeketa Community College, Vedder said.
He was driving west on Clow Corner Road on Jan. 22 in his 1969 Volkswagen Beetle when he was hit by an SUV that ran a stop sign on Riddell Road.
You Can Help
* Those interested in helping pay for Kenn Kinnaman's medical expenses can do so by buying dessert at Frozation Nation in Monmouth from 11 a.m. to midnight on Monday. All sales will go toward a fund for Kinnaman. Sysco Foods, Mungo Signs, Sean Hanson, Western Oregon University's Wolves Fostering Hope and Kappa Sigma fraternity are also sponsoring the event.