GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - It's been almost a month since a devastating accident left John Harrison Doucet fighting for his life. Family members say it's been extremely challenging, but support from their friends and faith have kept them strong.
Tuesday night, a large crowd gathered at Jones Park in Gulfport. The mood was much more upbeat than it was three weeks ago, when Doucet's loved ones were just praying he would survive.
"He still has a long road. He's not out of the woods by any means, but we're very hopeful that the prayers are working," said Myles Holcomb.
Doucet is currently at a Georgia burn center where he's undergoing extensive surgeries. His parents have not left his side.
"She's doing the best any mother could. I think she's just like any mom, has found inner strength to deal with this the best way she can," said Holcomb.
As a family friend prayed for Doucet's healing, his mother joined in from Georgia via Facetime. She also got some uplifting messages from family supporters.
"The sooner he's able to realize the most generous support that the community has come together for him is going to help him tremendously," said Holcomb.
Since the accident, a GoFundMe page set up for Doucet exceeded the $150,000 goal and has now raised more than $160,000. Doucet's step sister, who attends St. Patrick High School, found her own way to help by getting several items, like T-shirts, coozies, and bracelets to sale.
"St. Patrick's has taught us through everything they've taught us that God wants us to help everyone. That we're here to service God, to help everyone, and this is a time of need where we need to help someone who is in need," said Lainey Aschenbach.
Doucet is expected to stay in the burn center for a while. Family and friends say they will continue to travel to Georgia to be by his side.