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Fort Zumwalt community rallies around student injured in car wreck


Fort Zumwalt North students wore purple and took a photo with heart-shaped hands as a show of support for Sami Thomas and her family.

The Fort Zumwalt community is rallying around Sami Thomas, a 17-year-old junior at Fort Zumwalt North High who was critically injured in a car accident while on her way back from a workout class on the morning of Tuesday, Jan. 8. She was airlifted from the scene and is in the Pediatric ICU, according to her GoFundMe page.

The GoFundMe page created for Sami and her family has raised $32,000, far surpassing its original $20,000 goal.

“The recovery process will be long, tedious and costly, and we are looking for help to support Sami and her family throughout that process,” the page states. “Sami is an incredibly cheerful, funny and intelligent teenager with many friends. Please help us to keep her spirit bright as she recovers from this incident.”

Students at Fort Zumwalt have not taken this call to action lightly. In one show of support, Fort Zumwalt North High students wore Sami’s favorite color, purple, to school. They gathered in the school’s auditorium after school and sent a photo with heart shaped hands to Sami and her family. Signs and bumper stickers have been made, and some Fort Zumwalt athletes have agreed to wear purple during games in support.

On Wednesday, Jan. 16, Fort Zumwalt North Principal Joe Sutton tweeted, “The family has given me permission to share that this morning Sami has moved her fingers on command several times and, while her eyes are still closed, she ‘blinked’ them on command. While she still has a long way to go, this is AWESOME NEWS!”

To make a donation or leave a message of support for the Thomas family, visit their GoFundMe page at gofundme.com/6owmink.

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