Talented animators and cartoonists in Hollywood are putting their pens to paper to help a teenager in Franklin.
Matthew Hodge, 17, has been in a coma since August after his car was hit by a train. The teens father is an animator, but his insurance doesn't cover the long-term care his son needs.
To help with the mounting medical bills, Disney artist Tom Bancroft, a longtime friend of the Hodges and an animator himself, put out a call for help. Animators and cartoonists have now donated autographed drawings, movie posters and other memorabilia for an eBay auction.
"They're just a caring group. They're people that like to laugh and make people laugh, and that tends to give them big hearts," said Bancroft. "Across the board, almost everyone we contacted was happy to donate, even though they didn't know the Hodge family. As soon as they heard the story, they were touched and wanted to contribute."