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Kelly Cass - Recovery Fund

$101,134 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 765 people in 6 months
Created December 29, 2018
Kelly’s Fundraising Team
on behalf of Cristie Cass
ORIGINAL STORY:
Skateboarder Goes Through Windshield in Crash, Driver Leaves with Her Still in 

Kelly is the strongest woman we know. God has put her to the test a few times and each time she comes out stronger than the last. She will fight through this and come back stronger again but some additional help through the financial burden would be greatly appreciated as she has months of recovery ahead of her and will be unable to work.

Kelly was skateboarding back to her work on Thursday December 27th to pick up her car when she was hit by a very drunk driver sending her through the windshield of his vehicle where he proceeded to continue driving for an additional 3 miles. Kelly, pleading with the driver to stop and call the police and experiencing excruciating pain she didn’t even realize, pulled out her phone to call the police for help. A biker witnessed the accident and reported it as well. Kelly was able to lead the police as best she could to her location after the driver finally stopped his car and walked away - he was later picked up by police and booked.

Kelly is in the ICU in Sacramento receiving exceptional care by the team here at Mercy San Juan Medical Center - Dignity Health. She has a long road of surgeries, recovery, and rehab ahead of her as both of her legs are severely damaged & broken, has a broken arm, and a neck fracture.

Through all of this, she’s still Kelly - sweet, feisty, and strong as heck. We are, as is she, so thankful that she is alive and on the road to recovery after this horrific accident. Your donations to help through the months she will be recovering, love, and prayers are appreciated more than each of you will ever know. Thank you!

Cristie Cass, Kelly's mother, will be in charge of the funds donated to our campaign for Kelly.

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Good Afternoon All - Kelly is continuing to work hard in her recovery and therapy to walk again. Wasn’t that video of her the best? Her strength is incredible. We will be sure to keep you all updated on her progress. :-)

Our community is the greatest! A member of the Bishop Manogue athletic department emailed me today to let us know that Manogue will be donating the admissions gate proceeds from this Saturday's baseball game vs. Reno High to Kelly’s fund. They will be collecting additional donations at the gate.

Game is Saturday, 4/20, 11 am at Bishop Manouge. Thank you to Manogue and to all who come out for the game!

We also want to send a special thank you to the Northern Nevada Baseball Umpires Association for the $2000 donation they provided Kelly with. It was so extremely generous of the umpires to do this for Kel!

We have the most incredible folks surrounding us. We will never be able to say thank you enough for your love, continued prayers, donations, and support of our Kel and her family. We are beyond grateful and blessed. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

- Val + The Cass Family
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The latest in #kellysjourneytowalkagain! Look at her go!

Kelly's surgery a couple of weeks ago went pretty well and she got the stitches out today. The appliance is still very shallow and there is the possibility that it will become exposed again because the skin is so thin in that area. Kelly's surgeon still has plans to remove the appliance, but needs to wait for a gap in her bone to fill in before doing so. Please send prayers for continued healing.

Kelly's days are quite busy with typically 1-2 appointments every day. In addition to her physical rehab, she is also seeing a therapist that specializes in PTSD and trauma as the mental rehab is just as important as the physical.

Today we wanted to give a special shout out to Kelly's incredible physical care team, including Spine Nevada PT who is pushing her to get back her independence, Reno Orthopedic Clinic who have been beyond fabulous with orchestrating Kelly's overall care, and Acadian Rehab, who are currently fabricating her orthotics. The cool leopard print clog she is wearing on her left foot in the video is actually an orthotic that is specially designed with an interior spring, so when she pushes her toe into the ground, it automatically provides a bounce back to help retrain her nerves. She just got sized for a similar orthotic for her right foot and should have that in the next couple of weeks.

Most importantly, Kelly is in a position to focus on her recovery full-time because of all of you. There will never be enough thank yous.

All our love,
Kayla and the Cass Family
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Good Morning Everyone!

I apologize for the lack of updates over the last few weeks. This past Wednesday, March 27th , marked 3 months since the accident. And just yesterday, Kelly was released by her orthopedic surgeon to bear weight on both of her legs! And last night, in true Kelly fashion, she asked for her walker and got up and walked! Check out this video...we hope it brings all of the happy tears. Kelly is the fiercest warrior I have ever met.

More good news is that the doctors completed a nerve test earlier this week and it showed that while her nerves are badly damaged, they are still there and have a chance of coming back! We thought that the nerve that controls dorsiflexion (lifting the toe up towards the shin) had been removed during one of her many surgeries, so this news restored a great sense of hope!

Our one piece of bad news is that the plate holding her right knee together is exposed again, so surgery #9 is scheduled for today! Once her bones are completely healed, they have plans to remove that plate all together but it is critical to her structure right now.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for continuing to follow Kelly's journey to recovery and for keeping her and our family in your continued prayers. We are forever grateful to this incredibly loving community.

All our love,
Kayla & the Cass Family
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Hey everyone! Happy Tuesday!

Our family was so humbled seeing so many friendly faces at the awesome fundraising event last Saturday! HUGE thank you to our family friends, the Wards, for hosting such an incredible morning.

We are so looking forward to the Hoops for Hope basketball game tomorrow night, March 13th at 6pm at Reno High School. Tickets are $5 at the door. The event will have 4 quarters of non-stop action; a 50/50 raffle, a raffle for prizes, a half-court shot competition, t-shirts, food, and much more. Kelly will be there for the first half of the game. The McQueen and Reno leadership classes have worked SO hard to make this an unforgettable night and our family is so grateful. Hope to see some of you there!

Finally, I wanted to share some really exciting news on the progress of Kelly's recovery. She has officially been cleared to bear weight on her left leg!!!!! Her right leg, which incurred more severe damage, is healing well and we are hopeful that she will be cleared to bear weight on that one in the next 4-6 weeks. And then the real work begins! Kelly is so ready.

Kelly would not be where she is today without each of you. Your support means more than we will ever be able to put into words. I hope you all know the impact you have had on our family during this immensely difficult season. I can't wait until I'm posting the update with a video showing Kelly walking again.

All Our Love,
Kayla & the Cass Family
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$101,134 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 765 people in 6 months
Created December 29, 2018
Kelly’s Fundraising Team
on behalf of Cristie Cass
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