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Community Raises Money for Mother and Son Burn Victims

ANDERSON TOWNSHIP, Ohio (Angenette Levy) -- Since Thanksgiving night an Anderson High School Student, Victor Petychev, has been through a lot.

He suffered second degree burns in a fire at his home on Queensway Lane.  His mother, Elena, was also burned. 

It was an accident; flammable items were too close to the fireplace and caught on fire.  Victor is in a wheelchair with cerebral palsy and cannot speak.

Elena, now a US citizen, brought Victor to the United States from Bulgaria seven years ago because he was very sick. 

"I can say without any doubt coming here has saved his life."

When Victor and Elena arrived in Anderson Township they found a family at Anderson Hills United Methodist Church.  Friend Sue Black says that family has been very important over the last two weeks.

Monday, Victor's mom got some good news.  He will need skin grafts on his hands but not on his face.  Elena, still recovering from her own facial burns, gave a big thumbs up to the news.

If you would like to help Victor and his mom, Elena, Anderson Hills United Methodist Church has an account for donations set up at US Bank called, The Elena and Victor Fund

You can also drop off Kroger or Target gift cards at the church located across from Anderson High School on Forest Road.

Students at Anderson High School are selling luminary kits to raise money for Victor and his mom.  They are encouraging people to light them on December 22nd for Victor.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Anderson Hills United Methodist Church



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