FORT WORTH—The family of American Junior Paint Horse Association former president Banks Ready is asking for prayers after he lapsed into a coma following injuries he sustained in a car accident on May 24. According to Ready’s father and executive committee member George Ready, first responders to the accident indicated that Banks was responsive and his injuries were not thought to be life threatening, although he had suffered internal injuries and broken bones. He was airlifted to a hospital in Memphis, Tennessee where he is in the intensive care unit.
Banks Ready was the AjPHA President for 2008-2009, with his Presidential Service Project raising more than $100,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the most money raised by a AjPHA President to date. The 21-year-old is from Hernando, Mississippi, and attends Mississippi State University where he is studying Animal and Dairy Sciences. His father, George Ready, is an attorney and a member of the APHA Executive Committee.
“The APHA family should come together to pray for Banks’ recovery,” said Billy Smith, Executive Director for APHA. “Banks is an extraordinary man and his family has shown great courage during this difficult time.”
A Caring Bridge site has been set up to follow his condition at www.caringbridge.org/visit/banksready.