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Annie Wickett Stroke Recovery Fund

$14,720 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 213 people in 11 months
Created July 27, 2018
Many of you know Annie Wickett from our greater Frederick area soccer community. She has suffered a major medical emergency, and her family needs your help!

Annie recently went to Cluj, Romania to play professional UEFA Women’s Champions League soccer for Olimpia Cluj. While she was at training camp, she became very ill. She suffered a significant stroke (Brain Stem Stroke) after returning to her room following a training camp session on July 12th, 2018, just a week after arriving in the country -- two days before her 25th birthday. Her roommate and coaches called for an ambulance and she was taken to the local hospital, and she was then transported by helicopter to a specialist hospital about 100 miles away. A surgical procedure was required to remove a blood clot from her brain stem. She was in critical condition, and is now recovering in the neurological intensive care unit there. She was joined by her mother and father after an 18 hour flight / drive. There is hope and expectation that she will fully recover, but she and her family will need to spend a month (or more) in Romania before she will be able to return to the United States. Once home, the rehabilitation process may last an unknown extended period of time.

Annie had recently graduated from the University of Connecticut, and has been employed by the ALDI grocery warehouse in Frederick, MD for the last 5 years. She started playing soccer when she was 6 years old, and she has been continually driven to be the best she can be--she loves to play the game. Over her soccer career, she has played for teams at the rec, club (Bethesda Riptide), high school (Tuscarora High School), and college levels (D1 UConn Huskies and Eastern Kentucky University), and has been affiliated with highly visible and competitive clubs including the Washington Spirit and Boston Breakers reserves teams, and the DC United Women. Her dream was always to play professional soccer, and she had achieved that dream. 

For those of you who know Annie, you know she is a fighter. She has a very strong will, and if anyone can fully recover from this, she can. But we will need to take one day at a time. We are appealing to our amazing soccer community (and beyond) to come together and raise much-needed emergency funds to help Annie and her family with significant medical costs, travel costs, lost wages, and general support through this difficult time. All contributions will go directly to the family, and any amount is sincerely appreciated. 

PLEASE SHARE!!! And keep an eye open for additional fundraising events forthcoming. 

Please Note: This GoFundMe appeal is at the request of and is directly authorized by Annie's parents/immediate family, and any questions can be directed either to Kristi Jacobs Woods (account administrator) here or via Facebook message,  or to her sister Heather Hawkins via Facebook. 
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Hi All,

This is Annie, and I would like to update you on my status. After spending 3 traumatic weeks in the Emergency Hospital in Romania not knowing if I would ever be able to walk and/or talk again, and another 2+ weeks in a Rehabilitation Hospital before returning to the US, I have been making great progress in my rehab. I would like to thank all of you for your prayers during that time, as they definitely helped in my spiritual recovery. As well, the financial contribution that you all made has helped compensate for the extensive cost of our ordeal in Romania and subsequent therapy sessions, and is greatly appreciated.

Over the last 3 months I have been working extensively with speech, occupational, and physical therapists, as well as spending numerous hours on the treadmill in order to get myself back to where I was before the episode. I am very hopeful that I will be able to play soccer again with my friends at Frederick Indoor by the end of December.

Once again, I appreciate all of your support!!

Sincerely,
Annie
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***UPDATE - PLEASE SHARE*** Annie has finally been able to return to the United States -- The latest update from her parents...
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"After more than 5 weeks spent in the Transylvania region of Romania (and no, we didn’t see any vampires during our stay), we have all arrived back safely in the United States. Annie has progressed very well in her recovery, and is able to use her arms and legs, as well as talk and eat. She will be continuing her rehabilitation at a local facility, where as always she will utilize her drive and determination to get back to where she was before the medical setback. THANK YOU to everyone again for all of your continued prayers, love, and support!"
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Update from Annie's Family: "Annie has transferred to a rehabilitation hospital also in Targu Mures, Romania (which does outpatient sports rehab as well). She has been making remarkable progress, and is still working towards a full recovery. She should be returning to the US within the next week where she will complete her recovery in a DC Metro area rehabilitation hospital. We greatly appreciate everyone’s love, prayers, and support!"
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Hi everyone -- I received this update from Annie's family over in Romania this morning -- PLEASE continue to SHARE the GoFundMe link on Facebook, etc., and keep spreading the word. There is a obviously still a long road ahead for her and she needs your support...

"Annie is continuing to improve every day and is still on a path to recovery. She will be transferred from the neurological intensive care unit at the Emergency Hospital to a rehab hospital in the coming days, and will hopefully be returning to the US after approximately 2 weeks in that program."
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Raised by 213 people in 11 months
Created July 27, 2018
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