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Fundraiser for paralyzed teen brings overwhelming support

Friends and family of Emily Olver wore matching t-shirts for the event. (Image Source: WLOX News) Friends and family of Emily Olver wore matching t-shirts for the event. (Image Source: WLOX News)
Emily was critically injured during a Christmas car accident. (Image Source: WLOX News) Emily was critically injured during a Christmas car accident. (Image Source: WLOX News)
Oliver was given a 20% chance of ever walking again. (Image Source: WLOX News) Oliver was given a 20% chance of ever walking again. (Image Source: WLOX News)
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Fifteen-year-old Emily Oliver from Saucier was left paralyzed after a December car accident.

As she slowly recovers in a Georgia hospital, friends and family came together Saturday to help raise money for her medical expenses.

"Kind of caught me a little by surprise. We were still prepping food and getting ready to start serving plates and all of a sudden we had 20 people standing in line," said Emily's aunt Jenny Bosarge. "But everything was great. The turnout was excellent," 

While Emily was paralyzed from the waist down, her best friend Andrea Ausmer's injuries weren't nearly as bad.

"I miss her a lot. I wish she would get better and come home," said Andrea.

Undergoing rigorous treatment and therapy for the past two months, Emily's medical bills are mounting. So, when her family reached out to Power Ministries about sponsoring a fish fry, they were happy to pitch in. 

Click here to view photos of Emily's recovery 

"We saw a great need there, and we wanted to help them all that we could. I know it's a lot of travel, a lot of medical and everything, and we just want to be  a part of her recovery," said Dale Thrasher with Power Ministries.

According to those who know Emily best, she's doing well. Her spirits are high, despite being given a 20 percent chance to ever walk again.

"We FaceTimed her today during all of this stuff and she's very overwhelmed. She's very happy, crying happy tears and she just wishes she could come home," said Emily's sister Brandy Oliver.

Because Emily did not have insurance, a GoFundMe account was set up right after the accident. So far, more than $5,000 has been raised. The fish fry and silent auction added nearly $10,000 more to help with medical expenses.

"We just keep telling people how overwhelmed we are, and it just keeps getting better," said Emily's aunt, Jonnine Trochesset.

About 550 plates of fish were sold at the fish fry, and dozens of items were donated for the silent auction. 

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