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Donated home for the Gales family could be under construction soon

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BATON ROUGE - As Devon Gales, his family and Southern fans prepare for Gales' homecoming Saturday, plans are already underway for moving his family to a home designed to meet his rehabilitation needs.

In the last two weeks, about $35,000 has been raised by a non-profit in Georgia for the Gales' new home in Pointe Coupee Parish. The Triumph Over Tragedy foundation announced details of the fundraiser at a news conference when Gales was released from the rehabilitation facility in February. The Gales family was shocked when the announcement was made.

The home will be built on land Gales' parents own. The family bought the property, hoping to build a dream home there in four to five years. Now, though, a new home could be built on the property in the next three months.

Gales, a Southern football wide receiver, was injured in a game against the Georgia Bulldogs on Sept. 26. Gales suffered several fractures in his neck in what doctors described as a "burst injury."

WBRZ was granted exclusive access to his final days in rehab in February. Click HERE to read more.

A welcome home reception is set for 11 a.m. at the airport and more activities are planned at Southern University Saturday. Click HERE for a list of events.


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