Rapids to Launch GoFundMe account for Rapids player who suffered injuries in boat accident Club rallies to support 14-year-old McKenna Woodhead
Upon hearing the news from her doctors, McKenna Woodhead thought not of herself—but of soccer.
“She was given the information this morning from the neurologist that she will be permanently paralyzed from her chest down,” her mother, Michelle, wrote in a group text to friends and family. “But all she talks about since the news is that she can't play soccer any more – the game she’s trained her whole life for.”
Continued Michelle: “She might always have been that quiet girl, but she is determined, strong and hopefully a fighter; she will need us all going forward.”
McKenna, 14, a longtime Carolina Rapids player who plays for coach Stephen Glass’ ECNL team, suffered injuries Monday evening after the personal watercraft she was riding on with another girl on Lake Wylie slammed into a retaining wall, officials said.
Both girls were transported to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.
“McKenna is part of the Carolina Rapids family, and we will rally around her – and her family – and support them emotionally and financially,” said Rapids executive director Thomas Finlay.
“With the support of the family, we've launched a GoFundMe page – with a target to raise $20,000. Even that amount will only put a dent in their expected costs as we know the road to recovery will be long.”
“The days have obviously not been easy,” explains Michelle, who has remained in contact with the Rapids and continues to field well wishes on social media.
“I just want to thank you all for being a part of what she loved most and it is most heart-breaking beyond comprehension watching her go through this. She will be at Levine’s Children's hospital for the next few weeks as we prepare for her to be able to come home.”
To contribute to the GoFundMe page for McKenna, https://www.gofundme.com/mckennawoodhead
To find out more information, follow Michelle on Twitter at https://twitter.com/mmmmwcwood