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Support Kelly with a New Wheelchair

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Support Kelly with a new wheelchair and some medical equipment that will enhance her quality of life and comfort so she will have the  ability to thrive as much as possible with her limited mobility!
Kelly was involved in a car accident senior year of high school . The injuries she sustained in this tragedy are Traumatic Brain Injury, the inability to walk and have coordination and balance which has immobilized her to a wheelchair.  She also has sustained a multitude of other serious injuries that has forever changed her life. 
Medicaid and Medicare only cover a basic model and as Kelly ages and is now suffering seizures she needs something that is custom to her needs. 

Before her accident - 1999 age 18 Senior Year of High School


Recent photo "May 2015" of Kelly age 33 


This is my twin sister Kelly,
She was involved in a motor vehicle accident the day before Valentines in 2000 at 18 years of age and a senior in High School. She was struck square on the driver side door with the other driver going 55mph . Kelly was helicopter lifted to a Hospital several hours away in critical condition. She was placed on life support and was in a coma for several weeks. Doctors gave Kelly a 3%  chance of surviving. She had a crushed skull, broken teeth,  her diaphragm was pushed so high up it caused her lungs to collapse,  and she had many broken bones , this day changed her life as well as the ones that loved and cared for her forever. 

Kelly was the kind of girl you would want to just be around, she had an artisy whimsical free spirit.  She would skate board, and drive up to the moutains to hike, and draw up designs while imagining becoming a fashion designer one day. She loved music , and loved acting silly and would make anyone feel comfortable to be yourself!

She  was gearing up to attend college to fulfill the dreams she had all her life until this tragic day. 

This tragedy has been very hard on my family emotionally, and financially. We would drive to the moon and back for her and would do whatever it takes to give Kelly that things she needs to live as comfortable as she can.  Unfortunately, life gets in the way and our new families develop,  and it's hard not to have extra funds to give her everything she needs. It breaks our hearts  knowing there just isn't much we could do to change that. 

Kelly  has an older sister and was apart of Quadruplets. No fertility drugs just a once in a  million chance of being apart of Quadruplets when she was born.  It was unexpected and a surprise to all. She is very connected to all of us and holds  a very special place in each of our hearts. The bond we have with Kelly is so deep her eyes light up the moment she sees or hears any of us. No matter how bad her brain injury has become she hasn't forgotten those that have been apart of her life. 

Kelly still holds so much faith and hope. She enjoys art, and listening to music, she loves to create jewelry and designs that she can color in. She also still enjoys trying to write although it's  hard for her to coordinate her hand to make it legible. 

Kelly might be harder to hear, harder to be patient in listening to what she says due delayed reaction and slow speech but that passionate, sweet, fun loving girl is still there. To be so young not getting a chance at a real life, the least we could do is brighten her world with giving her something that will bring her support, comfort, and joy. 

Her wheelchair is the only way she really gets around. She has to have someone push her while being in it, but she can use her feet to move it forward when she needs it to.

The wheel chair she has right now has missing feet, no arm support, or comfortable bottom support.  Kelly complains it hurts her body and doesn't fit to her body structure. Her neck needs support, and the wheel chair is very heavy.  Kelly lacks strength to support her neck, so it hangs to the side.

They customized wheel chairs with neck support but they are pricey, we are hoping to provide a new customized neck supporting wheel chair with a lighter aluminum frame, more cushion on the seat.  (Will post pictures of what we are thinking after further research on the best one for her).

As Kelly begins to age, she has started suffering seizures due to the amount of scar tissue on her brain. The impact of the accident caused partial skull cracks and fractures and brain swelling. Over time Doctors say its not really something that can be avoided.  However, she takes medication to eliminate  them as much as possible.  Her wheel chair is not safe or supportive when she goes through one. She either has to be held in, or placed on the floor.

Our family has all suffered in some way with this tragedy and it's very hard to not be able to meet her financial medical needs. It breaks our  hearts not to give her more than what she has to help her now. Asking for help is not an easy thing to do. But seeing her suffer as she ages makes me realize we just need to reach out in hopes for her. 

We just want to thank you for taking the time to read and support Kelly with this gift. It's a necessity because she lives in her wheelchair 90% of her life! With your support we can bring comfort and support to Kelly and relieve some of the pain amd soreness the current wheelchair is giving her at this time. 

Thank you again for all of your support whether near or far and being there for our family and helping support Kelly's needs!

 We will keep you updated on this journey and post pictures as we go. 

Thank you again for your generosity, even to share this means so much to our family.
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    • $100 
    • 7 yrs
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Organizer and beneficiary

Gina Kenney
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San Diego, CA
Mitchell Medina
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