You can also help by making an appointment at Alter Ego Salon and Blowdry bar November 8-17 for Pretty with a Purpose to support Mandy! For every service in the salon $10 of the service cost will go directly to her. Please visit www.alteregoraleigh.com or call to make your appointment.
This is from Mandy in her own words:
"As most of you know I was in a car accident and that I have seven fractures in my spine, but most of you don’t know anything else...
On October 20th my mom called me to let me know my grandfather had kidney failure and didn’t have much longer. I was devastated. My grandfather raised me. Unfortunately he remarried and our family was rocky to say the least. My mom and I called and we were sent to voicemail.
On October 21st I sent a Facebook message to my grandfathers wife hoping she would respond. I checked every 5 minutes.
After Liam’s soccer game we had a celebration lunch with his team. I was so upset that she didn’t respond to my message. I searched my phone and found that I stored my grandfathers number under Gpa and that’s why I couldn’t find it before. I called and it went to voicemail. His wife was the recording on the voicemail, saying calling her phone and she gave her phone number. So I called. She answered right away and thought I was her daughter. We spoke for over an hour. I let her tell me all of her opinions about my family. I cried and repeatedly told her that I was sorry and that I didn’t want her to spend the last moments of my grandfathers life all worked up and mad. After an hour she let me speak to my grandfather. I told him I loved him and he told me that he loved me back. I was so grateful for that moment. I could breathe again. I had kind of said goodbye. I was at peace.
On October 22nd at 8am I had a missed call from his wife. I frantically called her back thinking that he had passed away. She called me with a change of heart and told me that I could come down and visit with him. I was shocked. I called my boss and my mom. I set up a rental car and rushed upstairs to pack for my drive to Florida.
My mom picked me up around 10:30. She drove me to the rental car place and I hugged her hard. I told her something felt weird about this, but I was going.
Around 2pm I stopped at a rest stop and I sent my mom a text saying that the car I had was a piece of shit. I felt like I was driving a plastic shell on wheels.
Then, around 3:30, there was a sign that said “unexpected traffic at exit 22”. I was 30-40 miles away from that and there wasn’t any traffic. Everyone was driving and speeding along and then we had congestion. There was a white Honda Civic that kept passing everyone and then slowing down. So it was like an annoying game that continued for many miles. He finally passed me for the last time and unexpectedly slammed on his breaks and swerved to the left. We were in the left lane of i95 in South Carolina. I was so close to the half way mark. So I had to slam on my breaks and swerve even further to the left. My car went down a hill, into a ditch, drove up the side of the ditch and went airborne. When it crashed down my eyes were open watching my body bounce around. All I could think was I needed to hit the breaks. My car was still in drive. I finally hit the breaks and the nose of my car was back in the left lane of i95. I could not breathe. It felt like something was blocking my airway. I got out of the car freaking out trying to breathe. When I finally took a breath I caught eyes with a woman driving by and I screamed call 911. I was having a panic attack and my back hurt really bad. I was so scared. The woman got out of her car and held me like I was her own child. Her husband called 911. I instructed the woman, Kathy, to call my mom and my husband. Jason wanted to talk to me on the phone but I couldn't speak. I couldn’t stop shaking and pacing. The ems came and took me to the hospital. (that’s a whole other story)
I had fractured 7 vertebrae in my thoracic spine and I sprained it. I was all alone in South Carolina in the hospital. I had to call my grandfathers wife to tell her I couldn't make it. I was crying so hard I cant believe she understood me.
My grandfather passed away early Tuesday morning. I would have seen him in his last hours.
I am sad, but I am so grateful for my family, friends and Work family. Everything they have done or currently doing to help me and my family is unbelievable. I cant thank you all enough. This was hard for me to put out there, but you all deserve to know what you are donating towards. love-Mandy"
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