His gift of music has brought years of joy to fans everywhere, but particularly here on the South Plains and in his hometown of Petersburg.
The family of Doug Smith hopes that some of that joy will come back as they work through the aftermath of a near fatal accident that left Smith a quadriplegic.
"He was involved in a one car accident on July the 25th coming back from the studio and he rolled his pickup."
Pianist Doug Smith's wife Debbie recalls the day her husband became a quadriplegic.
"They Care-Flighted him to Covenant," she said.
The Smith's spent the last 4 months in rehab. Doug is now home for the next stage of his healing. Debbie hopes that her husband will be back at the piano soon.
"I saw a medical bill that was astounding. A quarter million dollars for two weeks worth of care and you just go ahhh," she said.
Debbie says that with this type of injury her husband needs constant therapy to keep his muscles in shape and his body intact.
"The only thing that's made this whole thing tolerable is that we live in this community. It is awesome. I can't even explain to you. It's made an intolerable situation tolerable," Debbie added.
A fundraiser walk will be held in Smith's honor starting at 10 a.m. Saturday morning. It will be at Petersburg High School rain or shine and registration is $10.
If you can't make the walk, donations are also being accepted at the Science Spectrum here in Lubbock.
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