On June 7, Holly Parker was sitting in the back seat of a car, her seatbelt securely buckled, riding down Neely Store Road in Rock Hill. Then the car was flipping over and over and over, and Hollys life as a rising high school senior was over.
Nearly four months after the accident, Holly is doing better than most would ever expect, but she is confined to a wheelchair, unable to move much of anything below the neck. Whenever she needs to leave her home, Holly must be lifted into her mothers car by a friend or family member, leaving behind the power chair that gives her control over her own mobility.
To add to the familys burden, Cheryl Parker, Hollys mother, is unemployed and no longer has health insurance.
This weekend, family and friends are holding a car wash to raise funds for a new van that would let Holly get into the vehicle by herself and take her power chair anywhere she wanted to go.
Its going to be easier on my mom if we can do the car wash and try and raise money and get the van, Holly said.
Holly is a senior at South Pointe High School, although shes taking classes from home right now. She plans to graduate in December.
Im hoping I can go back to school before December so I can see my friends, she said.
Hollys injuries were considered incomplete, which means there is a chance she can walk again. After graduation, shes heading back to the Shepherd Center in Georgia, a rehabilitation facility. She spent a few weeks there after her accident and hopes her next visit will help her recover even more.
Holly can move her thumb enough to use her phone, but she said it gets frustrating not being able to do anything for herself.
I just want to be able to hold my phone with my hands and talk, she said.
Holly said that as soon as she can get out of her wheelchair, she wants to attend York Technical College to study to become a first-grade teacher.
In addition to this weekends car wash, Holly and her family are selling raffle tickets for a 32-inch television. Tickets are $5 apiece and the drawing will be held on Dec. 15. Theyre also hosting a yard sale at West Marine Products in Rock Hill on Oct. 19. The family is accepting donations from vendors.
The family also has a fundraising page at www.youcaring.com
Rachel Southmayd • firstname.lastname@example.org