Bargeron Girls Fundraiser
June 2nd, just a normal Friday when 6 small friends are all playing together in their neighborhood. Who would have ever known that within a few hours all of their young lives would change, some more than others. Their lives changed at the hands of a drunk driver…a woman they all knew. A woman that was the mother of one of their friends. A woman they had no reason not to trust with their lives. All six children were piled in a car and not one child was wearing a seat belt, only the drunk driver. Most of the children were released from the hospital with broken bones and bruises.
Two young sisters Arwen, 11, and Violet, 6, remained in critical condition for some time. Their brother Mathew, 10, was also in the accident and suffered a head injury that required several stitches, fractured pelvis, fractured pubic bone, and fractured sacrum. Today he is running again. But can you imagine how the family of those three children felt when they heard the news. All three of their precious angels were in this horrific accident! The condition of two was uncertain.
Arwen suffered a traumatic brain injury, had a broken sternum, fractured rib, and liver lacerations. She was in a coma for a week. Through her rehab she is learning to walk, talk, and eat all over again. She is really struggling with her memory, her eyesight, and a multitude of other injuries but is a little fighter and is trying so hard to come back to her old self.
Little Violet is permanently paralyzed from her chest down from her spinal cord being transected in the accident. She also has weakness in her hands. She had several pelvic breaks, a broken sternum, broken ribs, broken collarbone, and a broken arm. She had damage to her liver and lungs and is in a lot of pain. Violet has a long road ahead of her but being such a strong willed little girl she has not let any of her pain or struggles stop her or slow her down during her rehab. She is very anxious to get back to the little Miss Violet that she used to be, or as close as she can.
The mental, emotional, and financial stress this horrible tragedy has caused on the Bargeron family is overwhelming and unfair. Just imagine getting that phone call that your three children have been in a serious accident. Just imagine 2 of your 3 children are in critical condition for weeks. Just imagine one of your 3 children is in a coma for over a week and you don’t know if she is going to survive. Then imagine you are separated from one child as 2 children are transferred to Children’s Hospital of Atlanta for inpatient rehabilitation. Just imagine the stress. Now imagine the financial burden. But this is a strong family and they are leaning on each other, their faith, and their community to get thru this.
I have been involved in many fundraisers for families in need over the past few years and I must say that the people in the CSRA have always rolled up their sleeves and stepped up to the plate. They are always so gracious and generous in helping those in need. Sometimes it is the generosity of this great community that helps these families make it thru the battles and challenges that have been put in front of them. These are two innocent little girls that may never do the things other girls their age will do just because an irresponsible drunk adult made a very bad decision to put six children in a car and go driving. These two young girls may never dance at prom, become a basketball player, or ballerina, or walk down the aisle at their wedding. But then again maybe they will. Medicine has come a long way, we just need the money.
Friends of the Bargeron family are having a fundraiser Sunday, August 13th at Shannon’s on Washington Road behind Applebee’s. The festivities begin at 3:00 p.m. and end at 8:00 p.m. We have ‘Split the Pot Raffle’ tickets for $10.00. The drawing will be at 8:00 p.m. Whatever amount of money is in the pot at 8:00 will go 50% to the Bargeron family for medical bills and the other 50% to one winning ticket , who can forego their winnings all or part to the Bargeron family. Tickets are being sold now and up until the drawing. To purchase tickets, call Barbara at Shannon’s 706-831-7831, Chuck Selman at 803-507-2133, or Carol Counts at 706-799-6531. Tickets can be purchased the day of the event as well.
We will also have live music for dancing, bake sale, and a live auction. We welcome and appreciate any business that would like to donate an item for the auction to call Barbara at Shannon’s at 706-831-7831.
We will have a ‘Penny for a Prayer’ jar and we will have several ‘Purple Buckets for the Bergeron’s’ for cash donations. Every dollar counts so please let’s come together to help this family.
The Bargeron family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers and for any and all donations.
And my final words to you are Thank you for all your support in the past and now, please don’t drink and drive, and make sure you hug your child every day!
With Warmest Regards,