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Kayla Gonzalez Needs Our Help

$17,545 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 354 people in 9 months
Created August 25, 2018
Team Kayla
on behalf of Kayla Gonzalez
Kayla Gonzalez (McClintock High Class of 2018) was badly injured in a horrific pedestrian accident on August 15 in Tempe, the day before she was to begin her freshman year at ASU.

Kayla was walking on the sidewalk by the First United Methodist Church on University Drive, when a car heading east on University swerved to avoid a truck heading west. The car crossed the sidewalk, hit and dragged Kayla, and mowed down a low brick wall. A host of people witnessed the accident and its aftermath.

Kaya’s injuries are extensive: both legs broken in multiple places, her big toe detached  (the family believes the toe, delivered to the hospital, was misplaced), Kayla has multiple screws in her legs and a titanium plate in her severely injured pelvis.

After five surgeries, and one month later, Kayla remains hospitalized. 

Kayla, awarded ASU’s New American Scholarship due to her leadership at McClintock (where she was the Senior Class President and helped lead the Key Club), was excited to begin college. She must delay school and a career in sports marketing for at least a year, to recover from her injuries and learn to walk again. 

Kayla has three siblings and her father, a house painter, was laid off when his company closed down. The costs of care are enormous, and Kayla has a long road ahead of her before she can be made whole again.

Kayla's in tremendous pain, and her family is reeling from the extent of her injuries, the costs of care, and the strenuous road ahead. Kayla, a spirited young woman is up to the challenge. 

Let’s rally around Kayla in her time of urgent need and bathe her in community support and love!

Please consider a donation—not matter how small.  We can't wait for that smile on her face when she sees how much her community cares!
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Kayla and the Gonzalez family are so grateful for this outpouring of love from the community! We've raised over $16,000 -- two-thirds the way toward our goal!

After one month, Kayla is still in the hospital, but she's on the rehab floor now and working hard in physical therapy. She expects to be released in around 10 days.

Here's a recent Wrangler News story about our spirited Kayla:

http://www.wranglernews.com/2018/09/08/asu-bound-teen-is-latest-statistic-in-state-accident-tally

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

-Lauren Kuby, Vice Mayor of Tempe
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Team Kayla has raised over $12,000 to date, Please continue to share.

Here is the ABC NEWS story on the remarkable Kayla, She's lucky to be alive and has a long road ahead:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZtUvSaQwVU

- Lauren Kuby, Vice Mayor of Tempe
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We've raised over $10,000 in only three days -- climbing closer and closer to our goal. Kayla and her family are so moved by the support they're receiving from our compassionate community. Keep it coming, folks ! Kayla had a part-time job to put herself through school but now her full-time job is to learn to walk again and get back on her feet (and enrolled in classes)!
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$17,545 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 354 people in 9 months
Created August 25, 2018
Team Kayla
on behalf of Kayla Gonzalez
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