PORTSMOUTH Friends are rallying around to help local artist and masonry craftsman Steve Lee who was injured while working and is facing a long recovery period.

Lee took a serious fall from scaffolding while working as a mason on Monday, June 17. In the fall, he broke his heel (in nine places), fractured two vertebrae, broke his wrist, and has still-to-be-determined damage inside his shoulder.

Friends have set up a GoFundMe page to help with his medical bills and expenses. As of Thursday, July 11, Lee was still in Portsmouth Regional Hospital.

According to the GoFundMe page, "Thankfully, his kind and thoughtful nature, hard head and sense of humor remain fully intact."

Lee is the sculptor of the artwork located in the Jay Smith Park on State Street in Portsmouth, friend and GoFundMe page organizer Christopher Kent said.

The page also notes, "Steve will require a lengthy period of healing before he can fend for himself on a daily basis as he cannot either stand on the heel or move his back. It will be quite a bit longer before he can work again and pay the bills, etc."

The GoFundMe campaign's goal is to raise $3,500. As of Friday, the campaign had raised $645 for Lee's medical bills.