Emily's First Steps

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Raised by 420 people in 5 months
Created February 14, 2018
Emily's life changed in just one moment on Feb. 10, 2018.  While headed out to go have coffee with a friend, Emily got out of her car and another driver lost control of theirs.

Emily is in the hospital in Birmingham after miraculously surviving a collision with an out of control truck - traveling around 50 miles per hour - as a pedestrian. 

In that blink of an eye, Emily’s right lower leg suffered multiple breaks, she sustained a pelvic fracture, fractured elbow, fractured left ankle, torn ligaments in her left knee, a broken nose, broken tooth and more.

This caring, compassionate, and courageous woman has so far undergone three serious surgeries - one of which was to amputate her right lower leg that, despite the surgeons’ best efforts, was irreparable. She has gone from being an extremely active middle school English teacher, volleyball and mountain biking coach, rock climber, hiker, scuba diver, swing dancer and overall adventurous individual - to having to learn to walk again. 

Emily has been a beacon of optimism in the face of these difficult circumstances. She shares her new "snaggle tooth smile" with everyone and shows amazing resiliancy.  She can’t wait to get fitted with a prosthesis to get back to doing all the things she loves and vows that she will dance, climb, hike and bike again.  But she knows it has to happen one step at a time.  We want to help her on this journey to recovery and this is where we are asking for your help. 

Emily faces a long road in the coming months of healing from major surgeries, rehabilitation, hospital stays, extensive physical therapy, legal fees and living expenses while away from work and beginning to take her first steps. 

In this journey some initial basic necessities she will need include:

Car modifications for driving again

Wheelchair and cane

Prosthesis (the socket) - Which as her body adjusts, it changes shape and will require a different socket so the fit is correct. Sometimes they will last a week, sometimes one goes through several a week.

Prosthesis (foot) - And while there have been major advances in prosthetics, they are still limited and each of the activities Emily loves will likely require a separate prosthesis (both socket and foot)  and they can run up to $15,000 a piece.

We've spoken to multiple prosthetic companies and learned that most of the prosthetics she would need for the more strenuous activities would likely not be covered by insurance. 

Additionally, nearly all prosthetics - even just a basic one for walking around - won't last the remainder of someone's life. They must be purchased again and again as they are worn through with the normal wear and tear that everyday life brings. The same will be true for the specialized prosthetics Emily will need to purchase as well. 

We appreciate any donation you can give as well as sharing her story with others. If you would prefer to send a donation directly to Emily contact the campaign for an address to send a check to.

Emily - your family and friends love you, and we are going to be by your side every new step of the way.  We want to see you walking, running, hiking, climbing, and dancing again soon.  You amaze us with your spirit and with your conviction.  Thank you for the inspiration you have been to us all!  We love you!

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Hello all!

It has been too long and I have been running around too much, but we have news for you:
Emily has taken her first steps!

This is super exciting and we couldn't be more thrilled to see that happening! Her drive and determination for positivity has been nothing short of inspirational. We know there are many milestones ahead and we will keep you updated.

We also want to remind you that while we have come a long way in this goal we still have more to go. The goal is to help Emily with the prosthetic limbs she will need long into the future as she will have to buy them every few years for the rest of her life. Thank you so much for helping her out in this difficult time and thank you for celebrating with us with the victories. Please share and let others see what a positive outlook and determination can do to difficult circumstances.
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Full update from Emily!


I had the stitches removed from my adorable stump on Wednesday and had the staples removed from my hip as well.

I have officially begun the shrinking process (see grey “sock”) which will help prepare my residual limb for a prosthesis!

I’m on the fast track to recovery, and I have been able to remain positive and motivated thanks to all my friends and family sticking by me.
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Thank you all for donating and continuing to share Emily's story with others. We have come a ways, but we are still around 30% of our goal. The driver was underinsured for the total of Emily's medical bills and her insurance covered some, but she is still going to have some out of pocket expenses during recovery and getting to take her first steps. This campaign will help her immensely in the days, weeks, months and years to come.

We have had people ask about donating directly to Emily through a PayPal link and we'll add that on to the front page of the campaign if that is easier for people.

Also, if you are in the Birmingham, AL area today - East 59 Vintage and Cafe is donating Saturday March 3rd's proceeds to Emily's campaign.

Also! An update from Emily:


I had the stitches removed from my adorable stump on Wednesday
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Emily is HOME!
She has been discharged from the hospital but has a long road ahead of her and we have a long way to go to meet our goal. Consider sharing this and asking people to read her story.

From Emily:
Hello family, friends, dancers, students, fellow teachers, and all of my lovely supporters! Thank you for EVERYTHING you have done to show me your love and graciousness — I am in awe of the overwhelming support I have received and am excited to update you all on my progress.

In today’s news, I have officially been discharged from the hospital to stay with my parents until I can manage on my own.

Because of the fractures in my left elbow and left ankle, I’m unable to participate in the in-patient rehab, so living with my family will allow me to heal while receiving the support I need to move forward. (A true millennial)
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