Skating fundraiser to benefit injured girl’s family

People who would like to donate money for a 8-year-old girl injured in an April 28 truck-bicycle accident will have the opportunity during an upcoming fundraiser.

Melany Plummer, whose daughter is best friends with the injured girl, has been busy gathering donations and items, along with organizing the May 29 fundraiser.

The event, sponsored by the Kitsap Derby Brats, is 6-9 p.m. at Sk8 Town in Port Orchard. There will be pizzas, drinks, bake sale, door prizes, a silent auction and DJ Skippy.

Melany’s daughter, Kylie, is a member of the Derby Brats — a junior roller derby team based in Port Orchard.

All the proceeds from the event will go into an account at US Bank in Gig Harbor.

“I’ve gone around to a lot of local business for donations,” she said.

Dominoes has agreed to donate all the pizzas and the local Pepsi distributor is donating drinks. Also, Sk8 Town is donating use of the skating rink.

Alexis Hererra, a second grader at Burley-Glenwood Elementary School, was struck by a truck near the intersection of Elder Avenue SW and SW View Drive.

For three weeks, Alexis has been recovering in a Tacoma hospital from numerous injuries suffered during the accident.

Kylie, was with Alexis when the accident happened.

“That could have been my daughter in the accident,” she said. “I’m a single mom and I can imagine the hardship I would go through.”

Melany said Alexis’ family spends lots of time on the road and at doctor appointments.

Two weeks ago, the 8-year-old girl came home. Melany said doctors are waiting for Alexis’ pelvis to set in order to place a cast on her.

But there are months of rehabilitation ahead for Alexis.

“After all the casts are removed, she will have to go through intensive physical therapy — perhaps daily,” Melany said. “She is hospital bed-bound, but gets to sit-up in a wheelchair about 60-90 minutes a day.”

Plummer said she’s asked the South Kitsap School District to contact Alexis’s grandparents about getting a tutor for Alexis so she doesn’t fall too far behind in class.

Kylie visits her friend every day after school, her mother said.

“My daughter asked me if we could give Alexis’ family all the money in our piggy banks to help,” Plummer said. “I told her we couldn’t do that. She wanted to sell candy as a fundraiser.”

“A lot of Alexis’ family from far away will be coming,” she added.


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