The family of a local motorcyclist who is recovering from an accident that nearly claimed his life in November is hoping to raise money for his mounting medical bills.

A military veteran, 26-year old Tyler Bostwick was struck by an uninsured motorist on Nov. 2 of 2012 and is now recovering from massive head trauma, a broken pelvis and numerous other injuries. He has already undergone five surgeries, and is scheduled for a few more.

"His dad works two jobs. I work one," said Heather Watkins, Bostwick's girlfriend. "This fundraiser is basically just trying to put a dent in the medical, only the medical bills."

Even though the overall prognosis for Bostwick is good, his family said he will have to undergo a lot of rehabilitation.

A barbecue benefit is taking place from 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Beer 30 Sports Bar, located at 3810 Bratton Street. Plates will cost $7, and there will also be a silent auction.