Community comes together to help Archer City boy bitten by rattlesnake

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ARCHER CO., TX (KFDX/KJTL) — The Archer City community is coming together to gather donations after a little boy was reportedly bitten by a rattlesnake.

Vice President of First State Bank David W. Parkey posted on Facebook that second-grader, Kalan Stephens was bitten by a rattlesnake on Monday. That night his sister was playing in a softball game between Archer City and Petrolia. He is currently at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth for further treatment.

“I had a niece that had one about 20 years ago and I know how painful and what a long recovery it is from it so it breaks my heart to think what they’re going through,” Parkey said. “It’s a parent’s worst nightmare to have a rattlesnake bite.”

That’s why when he heard about Archer City second-grader Kalan Stephens being treated at Cook Children’s Medical Center for a rattlesnake bite, he reached out to the Stephens family to see how the community could help.

“You go to a ball game on a Monday night and all of a sudden you look up four days later and you’re in cook’s in Fort Worth,” Parkey said.

Two of Kalan’s teachers, Julie Wuthrich and Jennifer Herring describe him as a fun-loving student who displays exemplary leadership skills.

“He works very hard, he does his best all the time he comes in smiling, he is ready for the day, he smiles to like school and being around all of his friends,” Wuthrich said.

“He is always pushing the other students to do their best and always wanted his best to shine through,” Herring said. “It affects everybody because all of his friends are so worried about him and of course parents, they’re such tight-knit families here that are really concerned about him and he is just covered in love.”

And to show Kalan just how much he means to them his friends made him cards.

You can help Kalan by donating to an account that has been set up at First State Bank. Any of the seven branches in the area are accepting donations.

You can also Venmo your donations to @superdave9.

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