Fundraiser helps woman left paralyzed by drunk driver
Nearly 300 people were gathered at the Ivy Hills Country Club to help make Haylie Schott's life just a little bit easier (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Gordon Graham)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
A local woman's life changed forever when she was hit by a drunk driver. An accident that left her paralyzed.
The community came together Saturday night to support her and raise money for her medical bills.
Nearly 300 people were gathered at the Ivy Hills Country Club to help make Haylie Schott's life just a little bit easier.
The organizers Charlene McPartland and Lisa Eckert hope to raise enough money to make the Schott's home handicapped accessible, and to help the family with mounting medical bills.
McPartland says Haylie's father, Tim, has been taking care of his daughter since the accident.
“Tim has not been able to work since the accident which has been six months so he's been on a family leave, but has had no income,” McPartland said.
Tim Schott is taking care of both his wheelchair bound wife, Michele, who has multiple sclerosis, and Haylie, who was left paralyzed after her car was struck back on Sept. 25 of last year.
Police say Craig Bush was drunk at the time when he hit Haylie. Bush has been convicted of DUI five times and he's now being held in the Clermont County jail on a $1 million bond.
Meanwhile, Tim says the support means a lot to his family.
“It means the world to us. It's just an awesome feeling to know how many people, friends, family even people that don't know us are supporting us and just a lot of love. It means a lot to us,” Tim said.
Linda Boden says she doesn't want the Schott family to struggle alone.
“I wanted to support the cause for Haylie. You know she had a terrible accident and reminds us all what to do and not to do when your drinking and so we're hoping that this fundraiser will help support the needs that her family will need in the future,” Boden said.
Lisa Eckert says a lot of folks pitched in to make this fundraiser possible.
“We have tons of donations from many, many people in our community. Probably we have 130 items here tonight for auction and raffle and it's overwhelming how many people have come out to help us,” Eckert said.
Donations can also be made at any Fifth-Third Bank or National Bank and Trust under the Haylie Schott Hope for Haylie account.