Fundraiser for paralyzed teen brings overwhelming support
By Caray Grace| February 21, 2016 at 2:33 AM CST - Updated July 24 at 10:50 PM
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.
"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.