LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A young man who nearly lost his life in a motorcycle accident last year left his house for the first time Sunday night.
Twenty-one-year-old Boaz Johnson from Bullitt County arrived in an ambulance to see family and friends at the The Pope's House - Heart of Fire City Church. As he was wheeled out, he threw his hands up in the air and the crowd cheered.
"It's a little overwhelming, but it's cool," said Johnson. "It's fun."
He was the special guest for a fundraiser in his honor to help pay off the nearly $1 million of medical bills. He does not have insurance.
In the accident he broke 120 bones in his face even with the helmet on and his lungs were punctured by his ribs among other things.
"This is truly a homecoming," said Bishop Dan Johnson of the Heart of Fire Church. "He'll be around hundreds of his friends, so we're real excited about him."
The homecoming was also a fundraiser, and the Heart of Fire Church on Bardstown Road is still accepting donations to pay more than $1 million in medical bills. He suffered extensive injuries, including a crushed hip joint, crushed facial bones and punctured lungs.
The Heart of Fire and other groups are also starting an awareness campaign, asking drivers to watch for motorcycles.
A number of Louisville bands were scheduled to perform at the homecoming, including: "The Predators," "Big Rock Show," "Jefferson Tark Bus," "Kimmet and Doug," and "Hired Gun" among others. You can make donations of money or items (all donations are 100% tax deductible Through Heart of Fire 501c3 tax exemption).
For more information contact Boaz's parents at 502-445-9355.