Olivia Davis fundraiser on track for Sunday

A community rally will raise funds to help the family with medical expenses

Olivia Davis.

Photo by QUENTIN ROUX, Staff

Olivia Davis.

Marco’s courageous Olivia Davis, who recently underwent brain surgery, is home and “moving around the house with the help of an arm crutch with frightening speed.”

This is according to the latest update provided by mom Stephanie.

Olivia recently underwent extensive surgery at Miami Children’s Hospital to rid her of recurring seizures that had been plaguing the young Islander for the past three years.

“She loves the independence gained from the arm crutch and enjoys ‘hiding’ from us to make us crazier than we already are:) wrote Stephanie.

“She is going up and down a few steps throughout the house, has been doing pool therapy with us home, and is improving her ‘life skills’ each day.”

In the past week, Olivia made a visit to her school, Tommie Barfield Elementary, and was given a rousing welcome by teachers and classmates.

“The kids in her class have been amazing — they created a DVD of short skits to cheer her up, and have sent many letters. We are so blessed to have support from so many,” Stephanie continued.

The big issue for the girl now is therapy, which will be needed five days a week for at least two years.

To help the family cope with costs that likely will not be met by insurance, friends and supporters have organized a walk and social gathering at 2 p.m., Sunday, at Mackle Park.

Registration (at Paradise Sports, across San Marco Road from Ace Hardware) is $20, and food, music and drinks will be available.

Organizer Missy Prange can be reached at 394-0414 if people are interested in helping to defray the enormous costs associated with the surgery and the rehabilitation.

Alternatively, people can mail checks made out to the Olivia Davis Foundation to Prange at 1851 Olds Court, Marco Island, 3415. Donations are tax deductible.

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