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Kelly Cass - Recovery Fund

$96,944 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 747 people in 2 months
Created December 29, 2018
FUNDRASIERS FOR KELLY:
Our community is INCREDIBLE! Please join us for the following fundraisers for our Kel!

- Sunday February 24th: Head to any Yogurt Beach in Reno or Sparks as 100% of the proceeds will be going to Kelly! Kelly will be at the Mayberry location around 2pm to see you all and be able to give hugs.

- Saturday March 9th: Our family friends, George & Shelly Ward are hosting an event at Our Bar from 10am-1pm. Tickets are $25/person and will include food and a drink token. The entire Cass family will be present to be able to thank each and everyone of you all for your support!

- Wednesday March 13th: A charity basketball game will be held between our McQueen and Reno High families with faculties from both schools playing. All proceeds will be going to Kelly and her recovery. More details coming soon!

We hope to see you all at one or all of the events! We are so grateful for each of you!

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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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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Please join us tomorrow from 10-1 at Our Bar (211 W 1st St) for an incredible fundraiser in Kelly’s honor. $25 donation at the door, food and one drink is included! Family friendly, and kids are welcome! Kelly will be there around 10:30. We also have some incredible raffle and silent auction items including a signed jersey from Kyle Van Noy, Peppermill hotel package, an electric guitar and so much more! Can’t wait to see you there!
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Happy Monday All! Reaching out and giving you all a huge hug for your continued love, prayers, and support of our Kelly girl! We so appreciate all of you!

Kelly is doing well and staying strong through all she continues to endure during her recovery and healing. As Kayla mentioned in the last update, Kel had to have an emergency surgery due to a wound opening up that exposed her to an infection. The result of the test ran came back positive for both staph & strep. Luckily the staph is not the flesh eating kind. The plan of attack is to have her on antibiotics for the next 3-6 months to get the infections under control with a blood-test each month to confirm the medicine is working to kill the infections. If the infections still exist around that 6 month time frame, they will need to re-address the plan for her going forward.

Kelly has started with a new Physical Therapist at Spine Nevada whom specifically works with injured athletes who are permanently disabled. Her therapy will continue at 1-2 times per week. Kel is excited to get to continue to work towards her journey to walk again!

An incredible follow-up article by Siobhan McAndrew at RGJ was put out today. She did such an amazing job putting Kelly, her story, and her strength into words:
https://www.rgj.com/story/news/2019/03/04/kelly-cass-hit-and-run-victim-reno-injuries-recovery/2876545002/?fbclid=IwAR0SXxfZPCJhqUSEC4LxM1qDEBlCRE5Qy_TRrfcshX2yFFJIjkSK7z_xN6E

We want to give a big THANK YOU to all of you who came out for the fundraiser held by the amazing owners of Yogurt Beach on the 24th of last month. You all helped raise an additional $11,453.00 for Kelly to aide in her recovery! Absolutely incredible!!! We adore our Community! Kelly and the Cass family were just in awe of the support and loved received. Kelly was so happy to be able to meet and see those of you who were able to come to the Mayberry location. Kelly told me how incredible it was for her to be able to hug and say thank you to so many of you for all the support you all have given and continue to give to her. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.

Our sweet family friends, George and Shelly Ward, are graciously hosting an event this Saturday March 9th at Our Bar located at:
211 W. 1st Street
from 10am-1pm. Tickets are $25/person and will include food and a drink token. Tickets are available now and also at the door, please message if you are interested! Our whole family will be there to give you our many thanks for all of your support. This is a family friendly event so don't be shy to bring your kiddos! It should be a super fun afternoon!

We are eternally grateful for each of you. We will never be able to say thank you enough for all that you have and continue to do for our Kel and her family. We have the best Community of folks in our corner.

Love,
Val + The Cass Family
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Friends & Family,

I'm so sorry for the lack of updates over the last week, it has been busy. Kelly had to have "emergency" surgery at Renown on Friday because a wound had opened and exposed a metal plate that is holding her lower right leg together. This of course poses a high likelihood of infection, so it had to be closed up immediately. The doctor that performed the surgery was fabulous and he remarked that the Sacramento doctors did a wonderful job on the reconstruction of her bones. There is some tendon damage that is making the connection to her right knee "wobbly", but he is confident that those will heal with the help of a temporary knee brace.

Kelly has been most worried about her "drop foot" condition due to the main nerve that had to be removed from her left leg. The doctor spent a lot of time before surgery reviewing a few different options of taking care of that, without the use of braces. He confirmed that she WILL walk again! This was exactly the boost of hope that Kelly needed to hear/feel.

Unfortunately we found out yesterday that the cultures that came back from surgery did confirm infection in her right leg, so Kelly has an appointment with an infectious disease specialist to make sure that we get that under control quickly. We would so appreciate prayers that the infection stays at bay so Kelly can continue to heal.

My sweet friend, Val, was visiting Kelly the other day and reminded all of us that when the accident first happened on Dec 27th, the hospital told us to expect 2 months in the ICU and 4 more months in the hospital/in-patient rehab. It is incredible to think how far beyond that Kelly is and how much she has overcome in a little under 2 months. She is a miracle.

We are grateful everyday. All our love,
Kayla and the Cass Family
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