Rallying call to help brain surgery girl's family with medical costs

Olivia Davis poses with family and friends who attended a recent walk in Miami to raise funds for epilepsy research. Davis herself raised more than $10,000 through a fundraising initiative before her own surgery.

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Olivia Davis poses with family and friends who attended a recent walk in Miami to raise funds for epilepsy research. Davis herself raised more than $10,000 through a fundraising initiative before her own surgery.

Olivia Davis, pictured two days before her surgery.

Photo by QUENTIN ROUX, Staff

Olivia Davis, pictured two days before her surgery.

Having successfully gone through major brain surgery to rid her of frequent and uncontrollable seizures, Olivia Davis of Marco Island now faces extended therapy sessions, likely for at least two years.

Problem is the Davis family’s insurance will only pay for 20 sessions, about 710 sessions short of what is needed.

Now, family friends and supporters want to ease those costs, and myriad others associated with Olivia’s three-year battle with epilepsy.

One goal is to convert part of a garage in the family’s house on Watson Drive into a therapy room for the 10-year-old girl.

Close family friend Missy Prange is spearheading a walk and social gathering 2 p.m., June 7, at Mackle Park.

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

Sponsors of the day are the Prange family, Kinetico, Koszo Productions, the city’s Parks & Recreation department, Paradise Sports and the Island Parks Recreation Foundation.

Prange can be reached at 394-0414.

In the meantime, mom Stephanie Davis is releasing regular updates on Olivia’s progress as she deals with partial paralysis caused by the removal of the right hemisphere of her brain.

The latest was co-written by Olivia, and in part reads: “Hi everybody, it’s Olivia :)

“I’m starting to walk with my therapist. I even stood up, walked four steps by myself then stopped and did it again. It was a little scary but it felt good.

“I practiced going up steps and back down with help. I’m trying to lift my arm but I haven’t yet. I work with a speech therapist to help my smile come back, and (also work) on reading and math.

“We went outside this weekend and saw a duck on her eggs. She started to eyeball me looking at her eggs. It was funny. She has huge eyes.

“My Dad, Aunt Roxy, Natalie and Ever came this weekend. We played ball outside and Ever blew bubbles. My Grandma Ivy, Aunt Lynn and Uncle Joel came to see me too. And my friend Guiliana and her family.

“Peace Out, Olivia.”

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