Help Jenny Rose and her angels
The smallest angel age 4 is doing better than expected. Jenny was also badly injured and left with multiple broken ribs, broken scapula and cuts to the back of her head and many abrasions
As of tonight, she had not got to see her two surviving children in the PICU until she is stabilized and her neck brace is able to be removed.
I am asking for donations to be able to help Jenny pay for two funerals for her angels who's lives were cut far too short and two others that are left to pick up the pieces of a very broken close family circle, along with the unimaginable medical bills that come along with this horrible accident. Please consider donating any amount, and if it's not possible, please keep this very special family In your thoughts and prayers.
My name is Amanda and I am one of Jenny's best friends from Cedar Rapids. And I plan to send all donations to a bank account of Jenny's choice now that she has been released from hospital.
All proceeds go to Jenny for ongoing medical expenses. Please join us if you are able. She would love to be able to see you!
There is also a news segment on Thursday evening on KCRG at 10 pm about why it's so important to pay attention to your driving rather than your phone. Tune in if you can stay awake that late :)
Hope to see you at the benefit!
On this gloomy rainy day, reminding us all it's been 5 months since the crash. This post is directly from Jenny as she decided today to finally go through the girls backpacks from school. The picture on her post, which I won't add shows their school books bent in half and twisted. I hope you can all stop for a moment tonight, and think of them.
Her words sting as I read them:
"5 months has past since the crash. Last night I finally got up enough courage and strength to go through Bella Severson, Elysia Severson and Selena Rose bags from school that day. Here are some of the items I pulled out of Selena's bag. It's a great representation of what our lives are like now. Bent, broken, and no matter how much you try to straighten them out they will never be the same. I'm sure those text messages must have contained a secret that cures cancer in them.... what else could be so important that it couldn't wait?
Selena and Bella are still dead, my head still hurts to the touch, I've still get vertigo when I bend down or try to turn the left, my ribs still hurt if I do any strenuous exercise. Elysia can hobble with her brace on, she has flash backs to the crash scene and hospital stays, she still doesn't have full strength in her arms and legs, she is still considered a fall risk, her right side is still partially paralyzed, she spends her days going from one Doctor appointment to another. Mia is acting out, talks about seeing the bloody lady and misses her best sista Selena and her chi.
Driving is a privilege, please remember that the vehicle you drive is a deadly weapon, every time you get in the car you have your life and everyone else in your hands. Keep your eyes on the road, hands on the wheel and mind on arriving safely to your destination. No text is worth it, EVER!!!!"
Jenny has asked me to thank everyone for their support from this page. She is so very overwhelmed from the community that has pulled together for her family and for the funds from this page from all of you. This is what she is surviving on right now.
We will have her closer soon and thanks to her dad Bill and her cousin Joshy for their help on fixing up a little place for them to be closer in town. There really are so many people to thank so please know that if you are reading this, you have helped her in some way and we are forever grateful.
A very Special thanks also to Jessica and Becky at Heck's Moving and Transfer Co. Becky kindly offered her companies services to Jenny free of charge. Thank you for reaching out Becky!
So thank you ALL, we ❤️you and appreciate each one of you.
My updates are few and far between now just for the simple fact that Jenny are her girls are learning to deal with this new way of life, so I am just trying to be mindful with what I share.
What I can share is that Elysia is doing really well and will be able to start back at school for the first time in April! I don't think it will be full time quite yet, but she did very good when they tested her for math and reading and was in the normal range so great job Elysia!
They were fortunate enough to be able to take a quick trip to Texas and see some of Selena's family and her sweet boyfriend Cody's family and enjoy some time in the sun, while we all shoveled our driveways today.
They will be moving back to Marion in the next couple of months so that will lessen all the back and forth driving for her. I am super excited to have them closer.
The last thing I wanted to say is, thanks to everyone again for your continued support. Jenny has had a great support system with all of you guys and it really has helped her. This is still a long time from being over or ever being normal again, but everyone has been so kind and thoughtful and we really appreciate that.
As I drive down Collins Rd. daily to get home from work, I can't tell you how many people I see that are completely distracted. Whether its talking on the phone or blatantly looking down at their phones, it makes me crazy and its totally obvious. It makes me so angry that these people are taking the chance of changing someone's life forever for a stupid minute of distraction. So please, if this has affected you like it has all of us, remember it's not worth it and it can wait.
First to get this part out of the way, I'm sure many of you have seen the news and the person that hit them has been arrested and charged with two counts of vehicular homicide for killing Selena and Bella, and one count reckless driving causing serious injury for Elysia's injuries. I personally feel there should have been 3 counts, but that isn't for me to decide. Monday is his initial court appearance.
Jenny is still dealing with her injuries and its taking alot of time for her head and her ribs to heal.
Mia is doing good, but is having some very sad comments about her sisters that are so heart wrenching for Jenny to hear and try and explain. A mother shouldn't have to explain that to a 4 year old.
She was looking into possibly trying to move closer to town for all these appointments they have all week and when Elysia is able to get back in school but found out this insurance process could take over a year so she just isn't able to at this point not knowing what will happen.
She is aware that there is unfortunately no guarantee she will get any amount of compensation from the car insurance at all.
She obviously isn't able to work and is currently trying to get Elysia on disability which will also take another year so it's been a very trying time dealing with all this on top of everything else.
Elysia is doing wonderful in her many pt and ot appointments. She needs to work on some other therapy to try and start to cope with the accident.
She is understandably angry and every other feeling that goes with it and sometimes has trouble expressing that because of her traumatic brain injury.
She is working very hard at all of these things.
We are very proud of her progress.
They have recently added a fuzzy thing to their family. It's a cute little black and white king charles cavalier they bought from Pet's Playhouse. She is named Princess and believe me, the name is fitting and she is so adorable and cuddly! Shes been a great addition to their family, they girls have always wanted a puppy since I wouldn't give up mine to Bella. :)
One more very important point to bring up.
Today Jenny, Elysia and some of the girls friends from LinnMar, joined by other families also affected by texting and driving, went to the capital today to be involved in a campaign that asks for Hands free legislation. Selena's friend Holly Baird spoke bravely today at a press conference to try and make using a phone or device a primary offense in Iowa.
These kids were amazing and hoping their presence has an impact on this happening. Thank you for making this such an important thing in your lives and fighting for what is right. Not intentionally leaving names out, I just know there were so many kids there in support so thanks to all of you! It means the world to Jenny and her family.
Last thing I'd like to mention, there is another texting and driving story out today where a person killed two people and was sentenced to PROBATION.
This is absolutely sickening that is all he got from taking two lives from their family.
This is why this law is so important. Please write to your Legislators to help make texting and driving a primary offense.
Thanks to all of you again for your support to Jenny and her family.
Love to you all, ~A
I feel so much pain for this family. My daughter died almost two years ago. There is so much grief and tormenting emotional pain ahead for this family. If you know these people, be there for them! Even if you don't think you're doing any good, just be there. And from my personal experience, don't tell them that you'll pray for them or that their children are "in a better place". It does NOTHING to help them, and it sure doesn't make them feel better. Just be there for support.
Jenny & Mia should be released today. Elysia will be in the hospital for weeks if not months. The surgery to relieve the pressure on her brain was successful. She is not breathing on her own . Her neck is broken. Her reflexes are good, which is promising. Time will tell. Please pray for her.
How is Mia?
I heard that the older daughter in the hospital passed today?