Riding For Trooper Russell

Trooper Lowell Russell (Courtesy: THP)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)- As injured highway patrol trooper Lowell Russell continues his recovery from a serious wreck...loved ones and strangers continue to rally to help him make a comeback.

The group Tennessee Helping Hearts didn't have a lot of time to put together Saturday's benefit ride...but they're confident it was a success.

Dozens of bikers hit the road on the two hour trip.

It kicked off at Smoky Mountain Harley Davidson in Maryville.

The trek headed through Trooper Russell's home turf of Monroe County...then back to Maryville.

With each mile, money was being raised to help Russell and his family with medical expenses, along with some emotional support.

Cory Russell, trooper Russell's brother tells Local 8 News, "He's doing better. It's a slow progress. Everyday is a better day. Right now it's just really slow and we're just trying to keep him upbeat. And keep him from getting depressed and down. But it's just slow. "

Cory Russell also says the outpouring of love is what keeps the family going.

Family members are busy getting Russell's home ready for his return...which could be in two to three weeks.

The family is asking that the prayers continue.