Young KY burn victim receives messages of support from Lady Vols and UT Athletics

Young Timothy Duncan is getting encouraging well wishes from some of the biggest names in SEC sports after suffering a devastating dirt bike accident.

Timothy, of Stunk, Kentucky, was badly burned when he was pinned under his dirt bike with the muffler on his chest after an accident. He was transferred to Vanderbilt Hospital for emergency surgery after doctors at the University of Kentucky Hospital decided his burns were too severe.

While recovering, Timothy's father, Tim Duncan, said the University of Tennessee found out about the accident and reached out to see what could be done to help.

"Coach Holly Warlick wanted him to know that they were thinking about him and pulling for him," Duncan said. "She sent him an autographed Lady Vols basketball and a note."

Duncan said his 13-year-old son has also heard from and will receive a package from UT Athletics Director Phillip Fulmer.

"We live in Kentucky, but from the time Timothy could even recognize his colors, his favorite was orange," Duncan said.

According to Duncan's Facebook page, Timothy also received an autograph and personal letter from Kentucky basketball coach, John Calipari.

Duncan raved over the outpouring of support shown for his son, especially from Tennessee.

"When someone is down or hurt, they come together in love and support," Duncan said. "I believe they looked at my son as if he was theirs and that, to me, is amazing."

Duncan said the surgeon at Vanderbilt told him he "couldn't believe how well and quickly Timothy was healing."