Waynesburg University Senior Nursing Student
On February 20, 2012, Alissa Boyle sustained life-altering injuries when
she and another nursing student, stopped to assist the driver of a
wrecked vehicle on Interstate 79, in Pennsylvania.
After the 40 foot fall, Alissa is now taking on the 1% odds of walking again.
She is in for the fight of her life and is optimistic
about recovery from her spinal cord injury,
despite the 1% odds given by physicians. Alissa is taking on the odds and has told them all, "I will walk again."
While driving to Ruby Memorial Hospital, for their senior clinicals, Alissa Boyle and passenger, Cami Abernethy, stopped on I-79 to assist the driver of an overturned jeep, who had apparently fell asleep. The jeep was "in the left lane in the middle of an overpass," according to state police. Alissa and Cami were able to provide assistance to 21 year old Derek Hartzog, however, the three faced a tractor-trailor with headlights glowing, heading directly towards them. It was approximately 6:15 am, and difficult to see much of anything that vehicle headlights didn't expose. The two nursing students and rescue victim made the split second decision to jump from the overpass to avoid being struck by the tractor-trailor.
The University is currently accepting donations on behalf of the families of Abernethy and Boyle. Checks should be made payable to Waynesburg University with “Cami and Alissa Fund” written in the memo section. All donations should be sent to Waynesburg University’s Business Office, 51 W. College Street, Waynesburg, Pa. 15370.
Online donations can be made at: www.waynesburgunited.com/CamiandAlissaFund
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To assist with expenses necessary to provide care for a patient with a spinal cord injury,
a benefit fund has been establihed. Donations are being accepted via Paypal.
If you would like to make a donation, please click below:
An account has been established at Huntington Bank for Alissa Boyle in an effort to assist with current/future healthcare expenses. Costs associated with care of an individual who sustains
a spinal cord injury is staggering. Donations can be made at ANY Huntington Bank location.
Questions, comments, concerns?
"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end."