Timbers Jewsbury thankful family survived tornado

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by Mike Benner

NWCN.com

Posted on May 24, 2011 at 6:32 AM

PORTLAND -- Judging from his work on the pitch at Jeld-Wen Field, Portland Timbers captain Jack Jewsbury feels right at home in the Rose City.  However, Jewsbury's thoughts and prayers are with his other home - Joplin, Missouri.

"For it (tornado) to hit where I have so many family members so close it definitely puts it in perspective," said Jewsbury.

With a lot of family members in the area, Jewsbury was eager to find out if his relatives had survived the twister.  Unfortunately, it was not easy.

"I think the hardest part was when cell phone towers were down," said Jewsbury.  "You didn't know what to do at that point, you're waiting."

When Jewsbury finally got a call from his dad the news was bittersweet.  Everyone was alive, but the damage was unimaginable.

"One of my uncles lost his business down to the concrete slab it was on," said Jewsbury.  "Another aunt and uncle lost a home."

In addition to that, the hospital Jewsbury was so familiar with and the streets he once walked were all barely recognizable.

"It's an awful thing that's happened," said Jewsbury.  "I just hope they can recover as quickly as possible."

The Timbers are teaming up with American Red Cross and accepting donations at Sunday's home game against D.C. United. Fans can also  text ‘REDCROSS’ to 90999 to donate $10 to help with the effort.

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