Proceeds will Support Grace Byrne Rehabilitation Efforts
ATHENS, Ga., March 28 –A traumatic injury suffered by a classmate has inspired the Clarke Central High School National Honor Society to host "A Walk with Grace," a community fundraiser and walk-a-thon this week. The event will support the recovery of Clarke Central Senior Grace Byrne, who suffered a traumatic brain injury when struck by a vehicle in January.
The event, held at Clarke Central's track on Friday, April 5 from 6-10 p.m. will continue the community's outpouring of love and support for Grace and her family, according to organizers. There will be performances by Tealvox, Athens, A Barrel of Monkeys, Stone Kids, The Flamethrower Surf Band and Simone Zaccaria-Jeffers, along with activities such as tie-dying and luminary displays. Prizes will be awarded for the most money raised by an individual, a school group and a community group, as well as the most original booth. Local businesses including Larry's Giant Subs, Chick-fil-A Beechwood, Raising Canes Baxter St. and Zaxby's are donating food, drinks and other concessions that will be available for purchase.
On January 11, 2013, Ms. Byrne, 17, and one of her best friends, were struck by a jeep while walking across Milledge Avenue in Athens. Grace suffered a traumatic brain injury and received extensive treatment at Athens Regional Medical Center's Intensive Care Unit, where she was in an induced coma for over two weeks. In February, doctors transferred her to Shepherd Center's Brain Injury Program in Atlanta to start a rigorous recovery and rehabilitation regimen with a full team of medical specialists and therapists.
Grace is a senior at Clarke Central High School and is also enrolled at the University of Georgia under the Accel Program. She is involved in a multitude of extracurricular activities, including tennis and cross country at the varsity level. She plays the first-chair flute in the band and enjoys composing music. Grace was also slated to audition for the University of Georgia's Hugh Hodgson School of Music in March.
"This fundraiser is about the generosity of the human spirit and good will toward a wonderful teenage girl and her equally amazing sister, Marina," said Grace's mother, Mary Byrne. Grace's younger sister, Marina, is also enrolled at Clarke Central.
The accident has united the school and the community as they have banded together to show their overwhelming support for Grace, volunteering their time and talents to help throughout her recovery.
"We cannot begin to thank the community enough," said Grace's father, Chris Byrne. "People from all parts of the greater Athens area have reached out in so many ways. Clarke Central High School faculty, staff, and students have been tremendous in helping us along this journey."
There is a suggested $5 entrance donation and attendees should bring a chair, tent and friends. For
sponsorship information, go to http://bit.ly/WalkWithGrace.
For those unable to attend, non-tax deductible contributions may be made to the Grace Devaux Byrne Medical Fund, c/o Athens First Bank and Trust, 150 West Hancock Ave., Athens, Ga. 30603. Any funds not used for Grace's ongoing recovery and rehabilitation will be donated to the health organizations providing care for Grace.
To follow Grace's recovery, visit http://www.facebook.com/pages/Walnuts-for-Grace/#!/pages/Walnuts-for-Grace/134560726705505 .
Author Disclaimer: This is my daughter and I am helping to publicize the event to thank all those who have been doing so much for Grace and the family since this accident occured.