Audrey Ogilvie is a vibrant and intelligent young woman.
She was one of Mariposa County High School’s valedictorians last spring.
Unfortunately, she had a fluke accident the weekend of Nov. 9. She jumped down off of a four foot wall, and landed on a concrete slab.
What should have been a reasonable action for a healthy, active, young woman, ended up being a terrible accident. The jolt of the landing crushed a vertebra in her spine.
She had to have emergency spinal surgery, and is currently recovering in the hospital. Ogilvie just started her freshman year at Cal-Poly, San Luis Obispo. She was well on her way to achieving her degree in architecture.
Now, due to this accident, her future is unknown. At the moment, the medical bills are starting to pile up and her parents, who live in the Mariposa area, are staying in a hotel room to be close to her while she is hospitalized.
“It’s fairly devastating, but we are staying positive and thinking forward motion,” said her mother, Katherine Ogilvie. “We have contacted the campus disability resource center to get her the accommodations necessary to finish the last three weeks of the quarter. She is determined to stay on track in the architecture program and start the new year as planned.”
Not only is there the expense of being away from home, but the parents are missing work as well. The cost of Audrey’s surgery alone is over $21,000 and unfortunately, her medical insurance is not going even come close to covering it.
An online fundaiser has been set up to assist the Ogilvie family. Any amount that donated will go directly to her medical expenses.
Tri-tip dinner slated
The ASB and FFA groups from Mariposa County High School will be holding a “drive thru” dinner fundraiser for Ogilvie.
All proceeds will be donated to Ogilvie.
The cost is $40 and the meal features tri-tip, beans, salad and rolls for up to four people.
The pick-up of the dinners will take place on Saturday, Dec. 14. Pick up times are from 4-7 p.m. in front of MCHS.
The pick-up date happens to coincide with the annual Mariposa Christmas parade.
“We want to encourage folks to grab a tri-tip dinner and then go to the Christmas parade and the tree lighting,” said FFA instructor Buz Arnold.