Jan Peery never thought she'd be in a position to see her son struggle physically, but she's continually amazed at those who are committed to helping him.
Oklahoma City police officer Chad Peery, 35, was seriously injured in February 2011 when he tried to break up a fight in an Oklahoma City bar while off duty. The injuries left him a quadriplegic, but Jan said Chad continues to improve and remains in good spirits.
“When people see him stand up on TV they don't see the work that it takes to get to that point,” Jan Peery said. “He never stops trying to get better.”
Proceeds from the second annual McNellie's Pub Run on Saturday will benefit the Chad Peery Fund, which helps the family with some of their living expenses.
“A lot of his medical is covered, but there are ongoing expenses that they have,” Jan Peery said. “There are still some needs they have.”
Jan Peery has been humbled to see the outpouring of support for her son more than a year later. Several events to benefit Peery and Oklahoma County deputy John Waldenville have been held this year. Waldenville was shot during a robbery last year.
Peery's mother said her son is also inspired by the support.
“He has this sense that he needs to give something back by getting better,” Jan Peery said. “He feels like it's a responsibility. Emotionally that is a huge blessing for us. He's come very far, but he has at least another year of intensive work to do.”
The McNellie's Pub Run includes a four-mile run and a one-mile fun run. It begins at 11:30 a.m. at 1100 Classen Drive. There is also the Guinness Challenge, where participants try to drink three 12-ounce servings of Guinness during their four-mile run.
“We are so appreciative of McNellie's for doing this again,” Jan Peery said. “It's a chance to raise money for a good cause and a lot of fun. We hope people will come out and say hi to Chad.”