Fund-raiser planned for victim of accident

Posted: Thursday, June 05, 2003

The condition of a 14-year-old Nikiski girl seriously injured when she was hit by a car two weeks ago is improving. However, the bills for her care and rehabilitation are just beginning.

Friends of Heather Faeo's mom, Laura, all members of the Central Peninsula Writers Group, are planning a fund-raiser for 7 p.m. Sunday at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center.

Admission is free, though, donations will be accepted at the door.

The fund-raiser will include music by many area musicians, readings by local writers, free finger foods served buffet style and several auctions, including one for a Kenai River rafting trip, according to Marilyn Wheeless, one of the event organizers. Homemade baked goods also will be for sale.

Heather incurred severe head injuries when she and a group of teens ran across the Kenai Spur Highway from a carnival in the Three Bears parking lot May 17. She was hit by a car driven by a 16-year-old girl, also from Nikiski, according to the police report.

Heather was rushed to Central Peninsula General Hospital, then flown to Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, where she has since undergone two brain surgeries.

"Heather is doing better, although she is still in a coma," Wheeless said Tuesday.

"They're gradually reducing the sedatives, and yesterday she started responding to noise and voice. Her condition is stable and slowly improving."

Wheeless said the costs of Heather's medical care, including the operations, and some of her mother's expenses while staying a Providence House are being paid for by Denali KidCare, but once Heather returns to Nikiski, the single mom will begin paying for her daughter's continued care, rehabilitation and physical therapy for a broken leg she also suffered in the accident.

An account has been set up at First National Bank of Alaska in Heather's name and people can donate to her care at any branch, Wheeless said.

And, if people want to donate items to the fund-raising auctions, they may drop them off at the visitors center in care of Jay Barrett, communications and special projects manager.

Other members of the writers group assisting with fund-raising include Barbara Waters, Lou Heite and Jackie Michals.

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