Dance to Recovery

Life is beautifully fragile. Angela has spent her life being the hand, the smile, the hug that helps hold the pieces together. Her unsinkable spirit and unmistakable laugh are blessings to everyone she encounters. She steps up with a heart full of grace to help family, friends, strangers. So, now is our turn to pour an abundance of blessings on this "Angel."



On March 15, 2014, Angela, her mother, her young son, her cousin (Tijuana) and two teenage cousins were traveling to California from Arizona. High winds overtook the vehicle and it went hurtling off the highway, rolling several times. When emergency crews arrived, they immediately attended to Angela's son and her cousins. Unfortunately, her mother did not survive the crash. In one of God's miracles, Angela remembers her mother's voice saying, "Get up. It's not your time." Taking a miraculous breath, Angela sat up and crews immediately rushed to her side. She held on to consciousness long enough to comfort her terrified son, who was being loaded to a nearby helicopter. When he lifted off, she slipped back into a fog and they rushed to medevac her as well. Angela and her son were air lifted to separate hospitals. Thankfully, her son and cousins are on the road to full recoveries.

Angela has a much longer and more tenuous road. She received a staple in her skull, substantial loss of skin on her right arm that will require a skin graft, a cracked rib, multiple contusions and gashes, and a burst vessel in her eye. Her left leg was mangled, with a severed muscle, torn ligaments and displaced knee cap. This leg was so full of dirt and debris from the crash that it became painfully infected, requiring part of the muscle to be removed. She now has two pins and two external bars bracing it, while her surgeons try to seal the wound and allow the leg swelling to go down enough to have a sports surgeon reconstruct her knee. Worst of all, two of the discs in her neck required urgent surgery to pin and brace her spine. Thank heaven she has movement in her arms and legs. However, she will have a year of therapy and recovery, and will be in the neck brace for up to 9 months (24 hours a day).

As of writing this on March 28, Angela is in her third surgery to assess her leg. She has several more ahead to graft and reconstruct her body. She will be in the hospital for weeks to come, including in-patient physical therapy. Angela will be unable to lift, drive or function fully for many months. The hospital is over 50 miles each way for her husband and son to visit, taking quite a toll on vehicle and gas. With mounting medical bills, a diminished income and the many unforeseen modifications that will be necessary to ensure her recovery, the financial strain is overwhelming.


Her injuries prevented her from attending the viewing or funeral for her mother. The circumstances have called for every ounce of her spiritual strength, as she just lost her father a couple years ago. Remarkably, she smiles for the entire hospital staff, asks how everyone else is doing and is looking at the bright side. Let's show her what the BRIGHT SIDE really means by taking away the one burden we can lift. Please donate and share her story.
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Angela Griffin-Yarmak 
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Queen Creek, AZ
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