EASTON, Pa. - Nearly 1,500 people packed into The State Theater in Easton Friday night to give a special salute to a soldier from Whitehall Township. He was injured protecting our country, and now the community and a Hollywood star are returning the favor.
It was a welcome fitting for an American hero. Lights were flashing and horns were honking as a motorcade pulled up to the curb. Friday night the spotlight was on Army Sergeant Adam Keys.
The Whitehall Township native lost both his legs and his left hand after a roadside bomb exploded in 2010 while he was serving in Afghanistan. The bomb took the lives of four soldiers, including his best friend, Jesse Reed of Whitehall. Adam has survived more than 100 surgeries over the last two years.
"It makes me feel great that people want to support the troops and guys like me," smiled Adam.
Folks here are going one step further by giving money to build Adam a space where he can be independent.
"I'm lucky to be alive," said Adam. "And what everyone is doing here with Tunnel to Towers and the Gary Sinise Foundation is giving me my independence back and I'm very thankful for that."
It was a sold out show. Nearly 1,500 people packed into The State Theatre to see Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band rock out. The concert is one of more than a dozen the 13 piece music group will be playing this year to raise money. Every penny is another brick in Adam's customized smart home. It will be full of technology designed to give Adam back his independence, after he sacrificed so much for our freedom.
"It's hard for me right now," said Adam. "I can't walk very much, I am walking a little bit but a lot of things I need help."
"They walk into a room a light will go on, it will go off when they leave," explained Frank Siller, Chairman of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. "They can do their blinds off an iPad, they can do their sound their air conditioning."
Friday's concert jump started the fundraising, and there's still a ways to go. Adam's just thankful for the support on his latest mission.
"Without them I don't know what I would do next, honestly."
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