Steven Ferguson underwent his ninth surgery this week to repair his legs, shattered in a freak auto accident.
But even as the popular dancer and musician makes a slow, painful recovery, his friends in the Columbia arts community are crossing artistic lines and joining forces to raise funds for what is expected to be a lengthy and expensive recuperation.
It is a beautiful thing to be loved. It is great to see love create something beautiful, Ferguson said Tuesday from his hospital bed at Palmetto Health Richland. For me to be the pivotal point, it is such a humbling thing.
Ferguson, 30, was removing books from his car trunk on Assembly Street near the Richland County Public Library on March 22 when a collision of two cars sent one of the vehicles careening toward him. He was pinned between his car and the other vehicle for nearly a half-hour. He sustained fractures in both legs, as well as damage to his nerves and soft tissues.
Now, friends and dance colleagues are preparing three benefit events to raise money for his health and living expenses two separate performances Friday and May 24, and a private invitation reception Tuesday hosted by Marvin Chernoff.