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HOLLAND, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Life can be changed at any moment, even during a mundane daily routine. While getting his mail, Pastor Bill Self learned this lesson the hard way.

He will never forget that moment near his mailbox on February 4 when he was tragically hit by a pickup truck.

The driver has never been caught.

"I'm not sure the person knows they hit me but if I was in that situation, I'd be scared. We all make mistakes. That night I made a mistake by walking in the street and I'm paying for it," said Self.

Self suffered many broken bones and cuts. After undergoing surgery and now bed ridden in a rehab facility, this former pastor's spirits are remarkably high. But even with a great attitude, the mounting medical bills are a worry. Self is waiting to hear if Medicaid will help.

"I'm not a receiver, I'm a giver. I've given my whole life and it's been tough with thousands pouring love on me. The debt is getting pretty big," said Self.

His overwhelming faith has sparked a glimmer of hope and attracted celebrity attention. The popular Christian band Sanctus Real is throwing their support behind the pastor after the hit and run accident.

A fund was set up to help lessen the burden of medical bills, and it is receiving national recognition after the band posted Pastor Self's story on their Facebook page. Self was the childhood pastor of the drummer in the band, Mark Graalman.

"To know Mark has given thoughts and recognition for a place in his life. My wife and I both cried when we read his comments on Facebook," said Self.

If you want to help the family, visit the website where Self's wife posts regularly: Gofundme.com/6torjg

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