Cincinnati company raising money for Indiana Marine injured in Kabul airport attack

Published: Nov. 11, 2021 at 1:29 PM EST
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MASON, Ohio (WXIX) - A Cincinnati company has launched a fundraiser to help a Dearborn County Marine who was injured during an airport attack while on duty in Kabul, Afghanistan in August.

Marine Cpl. Kelsee Lainhart suffered a severe traumatic injury to her spinal cord which left her paralyzed.

“Right now she doesn’t have feeling from the chest down,” Kevin Ingram, Lainhart’s uncle, said. “It’s a long road, but she’s a Marine, she’s a hard worker, she’s a warrior.”

Ingram says seeing his niece’s strong determination to walk again has been encouraging.

“She wants to get up,” he said. “She’s aggravated because [physical therapy] doesn’t make her sweat. That’s the kind of person she is. Eventually, I think it will make her sweat, but she wants to lift heavy.”

Ingram works at Basco Shower Enclosures in Mason. Knowing Lainhart’s recovery could be expensive, the business has launched a fundraiser to help cover expenses related to her rehab and recovery.

Basco will contribute a percentage of each donation.

“All the money goes straight to Kelsee,” Ingram said. “All the money goes for anything that she needs in the future.”

So far, the fundraiser has brought in more than $20,000.

“If she’s still in the condition she’s in, unable to walk in the future, we’ll be able to provide adaptive housing and any kind of adaptive car or anything she needs like that,” Ingram explained.

You can make a donation through Venmo @Basco-Showers or mail a check to Basco Manufacturing Company, 7201 Snider Road, Mason, Ohio 45040.

There is also a GoFundMe page set up to help with her recovery.

“After watching our daughter, our Marine, struggle for the last 77 days to fight to get better....she deserves for Americans to come together and help. This girl deserves the world for her sacrifice,” Lainhart’s mother posted to Facebook.

Lainhart was moved to a hospital in Chicago after spending time at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C.

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