The Chippewa Falls, WI community is devastated with the news of deaths of three young Girl Scouts from Troop #3055 and a mother were tragically killed while in the process of doing their community service project of picking up trash along side the road. All safety precautions were taken for the girls (safety vests and supervision) yet a black F150 pickup truck struck the girls and a mother that was supervising, and fled the scene. This unexpected tragedy has financial impacted these families. Money raised will go to offset the funeral costs, and medical expenses.
The traffic crash claimed the lives of Jayna S. Kelley (age 9) of Lake Hallie, Autum A. Helgeson (age 10) of Lake Hallie, Haylee J. Hickle (age 10) and her mother Sara Jo Schneider (age 32) from the Town of Lafayette.
One additional injured girl, Madalyn Zwiefelhofer (age 10) is still hospitalized at this time. Madalyn is extremely lucky and is continuing to fight. She has already gone through open heart surgery, has 2 broken legs (needing multiple surgeries to try to fix), a displaced pelvis, a broken cheek bone, a broken wrist, a broken arm, cuts in her kidney and spleen and many other cuts/bruises.
She is doing well since her last surgery and talks about being able to go home soon have started; which didn't seem realistic just a couple weeks ago. Her room is decorated with cards and signs and is filled with love, support and positivity. Her GoFundMe account is as followed:https://www.gofundme.com/madalyn-zwiefelhofer
Another GoFundMe account for Haylee Hickle and her mother Sara Jo Schneider is as followed:https://www.gofundme.com/gvvz5-please-help
We will as promised divide the GoFundMe money up five ways, four of which will go to the impacted families, the Kelley’s, the Helgeson's, the Zwiefelhofer's and both Haylee Hickle and her mother Sara Jo Schneider’s family. The fifth portion of the donations will go into a fund that will cover future needs. During this time CCEDC will be meeting with our accountants ( claconnect.com) who will be helping us with the withdrawal process and make sure that it is in compliance with all regulations with the IRS and State. There has been many donors asking how money will be disbursed evenly for this reason I hope this update satisfies that request.
The day of the tragedy Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation received numerous calls from our investors, several board members, and colleagues on how we could help. CCEDC works closely with Mr. Kelley and the Chippewa County Highway Department and has in the past asked the local Girls Scout Troop #3055 to attend STEM field trips and to help CCEDC with centerpiece decorations for our annual meeting that was held on May 17th, where over 500 business leaders gathered for breakfast. For Troop #3055 service to the community and the for their involvement in CCEDC activities the establishment of this GoFundMe page was a small token of action that I and CCEDC could do for these families impacted by the tragedy.