TAYLORSVILLE, NC (WBTV) - It's the very definition of a community coming together. For 5 weeks, Alexander County's Emergency Medical Services Director Bradley Earp has been in the hospital. Complications from Crohn's Disease put him there, blood clots in his intestines almost killed him.
But Bradley is alive and getting better and according to his family, they have prayers and community to thank for that.
"Two weeks ago when he had the near-death experience, I looked up and there was approximately 50 people at midnight in a waiting room at Baptist Hospital all holding hands and praying," Bradley's wife Tammy said.
Friday morning, Tammy came from Winston-Salem and Bradley's son took off work, just so they could tell all the people that have helped them, "thank you".
Both of them said those two words could never be enough. All the support they've received have helped them pull through the ordeal.
A fun challenge has helped raise thousands of dollars to pay for medical expenses.
Check out the video to see how a community comes together to help a man who has helped so many others.