A few years ago, strangers and friends on DeviantART were a huge help in raising some money for my pal
who was in a car accident that left her paralyzed but still able to feel her body - a condition known as locked-in syndrome. With help from DA we were able to raise thousands of dollars for Sara so that her mom could buy her a computer which she controls with her eyes in order to 'talk' to her caregivers and friends.
It's been 4 years since Sara's accident. She is still living at home with her mother and has nurses that care for her in home as well. She's got a sweet chair that she can be moved around the house in and her awesome mom renovated their bathroom. For a while she was posting on a blog but her communication with people online was fairly limited. Now she's getting good enough with the computers she uses so that she's now able to be on Facebook and interact with her friends and family online again. Her mom (who is awesome, have I mentioned that?!) is also looking at making Sara an EyeWriter
so she might be able to draw again in some capacity! VERY COOL!
The latest news I wanted to share with you is about Sara's martial arts achievement! Before her accident, Sara had qualified for her black belt in Tae Kwan Do. She was recently able to completed the written part of the test and designed a kata. You can see a news article about her achievement here
. I'm so proud of Sara and so happy that she continues to be a happy, active young woman.
Links to old news articles about Sara:
July 2009 - [link]
November 2008 - [link]
Sara's family can always use donations to help support her on going care!
Donations can be sent to PayPal firstname.lastname@example.org
Or mailed to:
Sara Baker Trust Fund
8220 Old Redwood Highway
Cotati, CA 94931
Can't wait to see what other amazing things this girl can do!