CULLMAN, Ala. (WIAT) – Jerica Frazier is back on two feet after having to stand on one for three hours over the weekend. It may seem like a nightmare to some, but for Frazier, it was worth it.
The 27-year-old ventured to Cullman for the annual Rock the South country music festival this weekend, something she’s done every year since 2017. This time, however, she hatched a plan to get a unique autograph of two of his favorite artists. : Morgan Wallen and Hardy.
“Coming in, I didn’t even expect to be near the stage,” Jerica said. “And the first day we got next to the stage, I was like, ‘You know what? If we’re here tomorrow, maybe I’ll try to get Morgan Wallen to sign my leg.
The leg in question was a yellow and white criss-cross patterned prosthesis that was usually below Jerica’s left knee but would instead be in her hands for concerts.
In February 2016, Jerica was involved in a traumatic car accident. Fortunately, she survived but lost her left leg in the process. While the past six years have been anything but easy, she has turned her pain into positivity. She even started a Facebook page called Jerica’s Journey which shares her story as well as her progress.
Now, six years later, she was front row at Rock the South, balancing on her right leg trying to get Hardy’s attention with the help of her brother and some friends they made at the spectacle.
“We ended up having our little corner yelling at Hardy to sign my leg,” Jerica said. “At one point I was put on my brother’s shoulders trying to get his attention.”
The plan worked as Hardy headed straight for Jerica’s section, knelt down to grab the prosthetic and Sharpie, ripped the cap off the marker with his teeth, spat it out and signed the leg before it was back in his hands from jerica.
“I was so in shock,” she said. “I was screaming when I turned around. I was crying.”
The first part of the plan was complete and she now knew that her formula was working. The next step was to get Wallen to notice them as well. It didn’t take long for the country music star to walk into Jerica’s corner and autograph the leg, even asking for Jerica’s preferred placement for her John Hancock.
“The moment Morgan signed on my leg, I was like, ‘Oh my God, this just happened,'” Jerica said. “And I was like, ‘I don’t know what even, I didn’t even know how to deal with it back then.‘”
Videos taken by Jerica’s group captured the moments but not what they meant to her, or even to Wallen. According to Jerica, her sister got in touch with someone from Wallen’s team who said signing the prosthesis was “her honor.”
Almost a week away from the event, Jerica is still using the leg to get around, but that will change in the near future. She and her employer, Infinity Orthotics, Prosthetics and Rehab Science, are currently working on making a new leg that would allow Jerica to display the now treasured object.
“I plan to put it somewhere,” she said. “I can’t walk on it anymore. I feel like there is money involved in this. I mean, it’s even more valuable now.
With her perseverance, a cheering crowd and a few Sharpies on hand, Jerica will always have a memorable story to tell.
“Who’s holding a prosthetic leg for people to sign?” she says. “They probably think I’m crazy but now I can tell people that Morgan Wallen touched my leg. And Hardy too.
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