Good Neighbors

A Trampoline Accident Changed This Girl's Life

The outpouring of community support for her and her family has been amazing. Find out how you can help.

Mary Maloney is normally a happy-go-lucky 13-year old. That changed on the last weekend in August when Mary had a serious accident on a trampoline. She suffered what doctors are calling a "spinal stroke" that left her paralyzed from the waist down.

Mary Maloney wraps her arms around her mother, Pam Surano.Pam Surano/Facebook

After spending more than a week in the intensive care unit at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Mary was just moved to a rehab unit where she is already showing small signs of improvement.

Through a combination of faith and determination, Mary remains a positive young lady who is thankfully no longer fighting for her life, but she is fighting to regain her mobility. I talked to Mary and her mom Pam Surano, about their progress so far.

A lot of people don't realize this, but Pam is essentially unemployed right now. She's a freelance reporter for KDKA-TV (my wife Kristine and my Sparkt colleague Anne Linaberger worked with her there). Being a freelancer means Pam gets paid for each day she works, and isn't paid when she doesn't. Right now she has to stay by Mary's side, even though going without a paycheck is tough for this single mom with three teenagers at home.

Pam only asked for prayers for her little girl, but we couldn't let that be the only help she's getting. Pam's brother started a GoFundMe page and we're helping supercharge the effort.

GoFundMe: Help for Mary Maloney and Pam Surano

As of this posting, we have helped raise $85,000 thanks to the generosity of strangers. Our current goal is $100,000 which is just a drop in the bucket compared to the family's growing medical costs.

How can you start something good?

If you'd like to help Mary and her family, here's a link to the GoFundMe page.

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