By Rich Place
As a 2009 West Valley graduate continues to recover from a mid-May car accident that has her still at Erie County Medical Center, a group of friends have organized a benefit to help pay for her medical costs.
Lindsey Thomas, a district manager at Vector Marketing, was T-boned on Broadway Road in Alden on May 18, according to her mother, Brenda Thomas.
“She’s a miracle and she’s come a long way,” her mother said during an interview last week.
The early days at ECMC included Lindsey enduring a coma for about two weeks. The accident necessitated surgery to remove a clot from her brain, and Lindsey suffered a lacerated spleen and broken pelvis.
Now she’s been in physical therapy for the last three weeks and questions remain about her eyesight after recently enduring some blurry vision.
“She’s got a long way to go and we still have to figure out what is going on with her sight, but other than that she is doing pretty good,” Brenda said. “She has recognized everyone who has come in. That’s a miracle in itself.
“She is here, that’s all that matters,” she added. “One day at a time. We have some good days and then we’ll have a setback.”
About 50 miles south of ECMC, Lindsey’s friends have organized a benefit from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4 at the West Valley Fire Hall on Route 240. Scheduled to be in attendance are Jake and the Fat Man BBQ, live music from Nick Kody and Lydia Herren, a 50/50 raffle, a Chinese auction and more.
“With many surgeries and obstacles to overcome, (Lindsey) is projected to remain in the hospital for many weeks if not months,” some details on the event’s Facebook page read. “Help us grow the funds to help her on her road to recovery and help aid her through finding her new normal.”
Tickets are $12 at the door for food. The meal includes pulled pork sandwiches, macaroni and cheese and coleslaw. There are also $10 pre-sale tickets available for large ticket giveaway items that include a Kenmore Grill package, adirondack glider and 55-inch TV, among other items.
Brenda repeatedly thanked all of those who have shown support during Lindsey’s recovery and said she “thinks it’s helped Lindsey 100 percent because knowing she still has everyone who cares has made a world of difference.”
“All the prayers helped and having everyone say such wonderful things has really helped her,” she added. “We really, really appreciate it. It’s all for Lindsay. She has a long road ahead of her.”
There is no definite timetable as to Lindsey’s stay at the hospital.
Lindsey had recently opened her own office in Fredonia and was working on getting an apartment there. Her family, with whom she had recently resided, lives in Delevan.
In addition to the benefit, there have been two online donation efforts that have raised more than a combined $19,000. They both still remain open — one on Facebook is called “Help for Lindsey” and the general public is invited to the GoFundMe drive by visiting gofundme.com/support-for-lindsey-thomas.
For information on the benefit, including donation requests, visit the event page on Facebook by searching “Lindsey Thomas Benefit.” Questions can be directed to the event page on Facebook, by email at keepfightingLMT22@yahoo.com or by calling or texting (716) 353-6278.