Tierney's Rehabilitation Fund

Tierney suffered a serious injury on August  2, 2015.  A curb-side passenger shelter fell on Tierney during the Sunday storm while she was awaiting pick-up at O’Hare Airport. Tierney suffered dislocated vertebrae, a broken rib, and torn muscles, among other injuries. She had surgery to repair the dislocated vertebrae. Surgeons felt this part of surgery was successful.

Her injuries are not life-threatening but, unfortunately, it was determined that her spinal cord had been severed. She is paralyzed from waist downward, with no expectation of this ever improving given current medical technology. We will always remain hopeful, however, as we all know that Tierney’s motto is “Never Give Up”.

Tierney has always had a fun-loving free spirit with a passion to be creative.  Her first passion is dancing.  She took pride in the hard work she put in over the years expanding her talent to different styles.  From an early age she had aspirations of dancing professionally or owning her own dance studio.  Her dancing was beautiful and looked effortlesss - you could not take your eyes off her when she danced.  She was simply captivating.  This accident caused a defining change for her future.  A change that confines her to a wheel chair and away from the dance stage she called life.

Funds raised will be donated to help cover costs to help Tierney's quality of life when she returns home from rehabilitation.  Funds will help cover some medical costs, but will also be used to help cover costs, encountered by her family, required for modifications and adaptive changes so that Tierney is comfortable when she is able to return home.  

In addition we ask that you help seek justice for Tierney by helping to spread awareness about the condition of the passenger shelters at Chicago O'Hare Airport and demand that O'Hare correct these unsafe conditions so that no other person or family has to endure the pain and long road Tierney has ahead of her.

Thank you for all your love and support for Tierney and our family.

Aug 13 - 2 Investigators: Rusted O’Hare Shelters Remain, After Accident That Paralyzed Woman

Aug 14 - Family Sues City After Daughter’s Spine Severed By Falling Pedestrian Shelter
  • Jeff Swanson 
    • $75 
    • 57 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $25 
    • 57 mos
  • Bridget Matsunaga 
    • $50 
    • 57 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $20 
    • 62 mos
  • Victoria Velasco 
    • $100 
    • 63 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Melissa Darden 
Mundelein, IL
David Darden