Bobbie and Anna Eastman are on the road to recovery following a devastating accident Nov. 5 in Centerton, Arkansas.

The Eastmans
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The Arkansas City couple were on their way back from a weekend trip to Eureka Springs, Arkansas, when a truck struck the right side of their motorcycle.

Both of them were flown to a nearby hospital, where their life-changing injuries were treated.

They are both back in Kansas now. However, their recovery process is likely to be a long one.

“It’s going to be a long process,” said Anna Eastman. “We both sustained a right-leg, above-knee amputation.”

Eastmans unable to work

Due to their injuries, the Eastmans are not entirely certain when they will be able to return to work.

Bobbie Eastman works for Collision 2 Custom as a body repairman.

“(We are) not sure if he will be able to return in that line of work again,” said Anna Eastman.

She said they are looking at a minimum of three months of recovery before they can be fitted for prostheses.

“I am an LPN for a local doctor in Ark City at a clinic, so it really depends on how quick I can heal,” said Anna Eastman. “(I) might be able to go back sooner, but (it’s) unpredictable right now and too soon to say.”

Charity both ways

Both of the Eastmans have been avid motorcycle riders, giving their time as American Legion Riders and also to many poker runs and benefits through the years. Now others are giving back.

Since the accident, several fundraising efforts have been put together to help the Eastmans with their extensive medical bills.

“We aren’t looking for any help, although we appreciate what the community and family (and) friends have done so far,” said Anna Eastman.

The couple likely will have extensive medical bills, including for prostheses and physical therapy, which could take six months to come in.

“I don’t know what our future brings, so it’s hard to say what is needed at this point in time,” she said.

“I do know the medical bills are going to be pouring in, as they have already started, but Bob and I are not ones to ask for help.”

T-shirt and bracelet sales

T-shirts are one of the many ways friends and family are attempting to raise funds for the Eastmans.

All funds raised will be used to help the Eastmans as they recover.

The T-shirts are available in sizes small through extra large for $15 each. Sizes 2XL and larger are $20 each. To place an order, call Justin Maple at (580) 716-6828.

Also, Glenn and Kim Walton have ordered and sold bracelets to raise money for the Eastmans.

Their efforts have raised more than $850 so far.

A new batch of bracelets will be ordered soon. Each bracelet is $5.

To place an order, call the Waltons at (620) 202-0711.

GoFundMe, dance and auction

A GoFundMe page has been created to raise money for the couple.

To donate using the page, visit www.gofundme.com/help-bobbie-and-anna-eastman.

Also, a dance and live auction event has been scheduled for Jan. 27, 2018.

They will be held from 5 p.m. to midnight at Chestnut Avenue Venue, located at 3120 E. Chestnut Ave.

Backrhodes will be the live performer for the event.

Event organizer Kelly Dillner is asking local businesses to consider donating auction items. They can be dropped off at 1025 The River, located at 106 N. Summit St.  For more information, call (620) 741-1963.

All funds raised at the auction will be used for any expenses resulting from the accident. Monetary donations also can be made directly to the “Bobbie and Anna Eastman Benefit Fund” at Ark Valley Credit Union.

For more information about the Jan. 27 event, contact Rhonda Jordan at (620) 660-1401.

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