(Posted July 19, 2018)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
Well-wishers near and far are rallying for a little girl from London who suffered a traumatic brain injury as the result of a car accident on July 11.
Hailey Anthony, 10, was traveling with her family on State Route 665 when another motorist ran a stop sign at Spring Valley Road and crashed into the Anthonys’ vehicle, causing both vehicles to flip.
As of the morning of July 19, Hailey remained unconscious in the intensive care unit at Children’s Hospital in Columbus. Her parents, Ashley and Mike Anthony, suffered minor injuries. Her sister, Kynlie, 7, suffered a broken arm.
The community has reached out in many ways to show support for the family. On July 14, the last day of the Madison County Fair, friends of the family told the Junior Fair Livestock Sale Committee their daughters wanted to give 100 percent of what they made at the sale that day to the Anthonys.
The sale committee opened it up to everyone at the sale, inviting exhibitors, buyers, and spectators in the stands to donate. The response was tremendous.
“I sold for the first hour or so, and when I turned the microphone over, I told the crowd I was thoroughly impressed with the generosity of the youth,” said Thad Barker, an auctioneer and coordinator of the livestock sale. “I said, ‘Keep it up. Let’s rally around this family.’ And they did the rest of the day.”
Approximately 75 percent of the youths who participated in the sale contributed anywhere from 3 percent to 100 percent of their earnings to the Anthonys. Many buyers made donations, too. As a result, thousands of dollars were raised to help the family with medical bills and other expenses.
Support is coming from many sources. Hailey participates in 4-H, cheers competitively, and races quarter-midget cars. She and her sister are students at Madison-Plains Local Schools. People involved in each of these groups–in the county, the state, and beyond–are organizing fundraisers and sending messages of support via Facebook at #HaileyStrong, where the family posts regular updates on Hailey’s condition.
Supporters are selling t-shirts and bracelets, organizing fundraisers at restaurants, sending prayers, and wearing green, Hailey’s favorite color. The quarter midget group she races with called for donations during races on July 20 in Obetz. The Madison-Plains cheerleaders added a bake sale to their car wash set for 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 21 at TSC in London.
Among upcoming fundraisers is an Aug. 4 poker run organized by the Stray Dawgs Motorcycle Club. Anyone can participate in the family-friendly event, whether they ride a motorcycle or not. Any vehicles are welcome. Registration starts at 11 a.m. at 150 Liberty St., London. The run kicks off at noon. Live music and food are planned following the run. The cost is $20 for a single rider, $25 for a single rider with a passenger, or $10 for food and music only. Raffles and a 50/50 drawing also are planned.