ROANOKE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) --- Putting pen to paper, sending well wishes to two Huntington County girls who remain hospitalized in critical condition, after living through a terrible ordeal.
All day July 3rd, messages of encouragement were scrawled on posters in downtown Roanoke, messages that will soon be delivered to the teen-aged victims of the parasailing accident that made national news this week.
Those posters were slated to make a long trip to the sunshine state for presentation to the families of the victims.
Alexis Fairchild and Sidney Good are from Roanoke, but on July first, while on vacation, they went through a traumatic event in Florida, that is almost beyond belief.
The Huntington North High School students were parasailing during a brewing storm, when a cable broke, causing the parasail to tear loose from the boat pulling it.
The girls crashed into the side of a building, before they plummeted to the ground.
Both were badly hurt.
People in Roanoke spent the day writing messages on blank posters hung downtown.
Natalie Mills, a good friend of the girls, wrote a message too.
At first, she feared the worst.
" I was a little upset, you know, thinking that there's a possibility they wouldn't make it. Are they going to come home? Are they going to be the same? But I'm kind of a little at ease now, because I know all the support and all the prayers that are being sent to them and their families," Mills said.
The hope is, the uplifting words will spur Alexis Fairchild and Sidney Good on in their efforts to recover.
Spectators at a holiday concert being held in Roanoke July 3rd were given the chance to write something on the posters, and to give cash donations.
An aunt and an uncle of one of the girls, we're told, planned to fly the messages and money down to the families in Panama City on the Fourth of July, where they would personally deliver all the stuff.
We're also told to expect more fund raising efforts in the days and weeks ahead to help the families with spiraling medical bills and living expenses.
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