A unique charity effort is under way to raise funds to help a Heartland Midwest worker who suffered severe burns in last month's explosion at JJ's Restaurant.
Chris Decker says Mike Tanner has a big heart and he wants to do everything he can to help him and his family during a desperate time.
"I'm trying to raise money by shaving my head and waxing my legs," Decker said. "I don't know how ugly it's going to look under there, but we'll find out."
Tanner is Little League coach for Decker's son.
"He loved these kids, loves the sport. He's got a great heart," Decker said.
Tanner was supervisor for Heartland Midwest. He was who called 911 to report that crews had punctured a gas line outside the restaurant on the Plaza and asked for firefighters to come to the scene.
JJ's server Megan Cramer was killed and 15 others injured. Of those injured, Tanner suffered the most severe. He was in such critical condition initially that he was taken to St. Luke's Medical Center and could not be transferred immediately to the University of Kansas Hospital's burn unit.
Tanner faces months of recovery. Decker said he wants to do whatever he can to support Decker, so he's seeking donations and then he'll face the razor.
"At $500 I'm shaving my head and at $1,000 I'm waxing my legs," he said. "We're family, and family sticks together."
Decker says all the donations will go to the Tanner family. He hopes to raise the funds by May.
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