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A GoFundMe page has raised more than $10,000 for a young Lebanon mother critically injured after being hit by a vehicle last winter.
Shana Lee Nye Sholly, who worked as an advocate for foster children, was struck outside her parked car while she was on a home visit, her friend Christine O’Riley Hartman told LebTown. Sholly is the mother of two daughters, Jordyn, age six, and Haidyn, age two.
The incident happened on Jan. 10, 2020 between 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Route 422 in Cleona.
Sholly suffered a traumatic brain injury, a broken neck, a ruptured spleen and a lower lumbar fracture, said Hartman, who organized the GoFundMe campaign.
“The brain injury was pretty significant,” Hartman said. “It’s what we’re working with now.”
Sholly is no longer in a coma, but the prognosis is unknown. “We pray every day for a little improvement,” she said.
Even though Sholly can’t yet speak, she can make sounds and sometimes shows a little emotion, Hartman said. During a recent session, she added, Sholly followed simple commands 70 percent of the time.
In a June 12 update on GoFundMe, Hartman wrote: “Exciting news… Shana’s mom is now allowed to be with Shana 3 nights a week for 2 hours!! We are hoping this additional stimulation will help with her recovery. Shana continues to fight the fight every day. We are still praying for that miracle that will bring our beautiful girl back to us. Although she continues to show small improvements, her brain injury was/is very significant. She still has a very long road ahead of her.”
Sholly’s daughters are being cared for by family.
Hartman and Sholly, a graduate of Lebanon High School, played softball together. “She’s a very close friend of mine.”
As of Wednesday, June 24, “Road to Recovery for Shana Lee” raised $10,410 from 149 people, with donations ranging from $10 to $1,000. The funds are currently being used for living expenses, such as mortgage payments, car insurance, utilities, and items for the kids, Hartman said.
It will also go toward any medical or long-term care costs, if needed, she added.
A second fundraiser, a cash bingo, is set for Aug. 15 at Mount Zion Fire Company, 1520 Mount Zion Road, Lebanon. It had been scheduled earlier, but was been pushed back due to COVID-19.
Tickets are still available by contacting Hartman through GoFundMe.
This article was updated to use Sholly’s full name.