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Show your Truckee love on Whitney Wednesdays

Mercie Galvin
Special to the Sun

Truckee High School 2006 graduate Whitney Hardy was severely injured and suffers a traumatic brain injury after being hit by a car while out for an evening run. Help Whitney on her road to recovery by participating in fundriasers or donating to the #FightHardy campaign.

On Feb. 20, 2014 Whitney Hardy was involved in an accident while out for an evening run in Boston.

That night began like any other … reflecting on a rare weekend of East coast powder skiing and looking forward to a trip home to Truckee to scout wedding venues with her fiancé Dan.

It ended with Whitney fighting for her life after being hit by a car.

Her initial injuries were severe: a serious traumatic brain injury (TBI) and compound fracture of the left tib/fib. Whitney's accident fortunately happened less than 10 minutes from Boston Medical Center, a Level 1 Trauma Center and considered the best in New England. After spending four and a half weeks in the SICU and undergoing numerous surgeries under the care of her neurosurgeon and an equally skilled team of numerous doctors and nurses, she moved to her present location, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown (Boston), Mass. Unfortunately, as is the case with most TBI injuries, she faces a long and uncertain period of intensive rehabilitation.

TRUCKEE ROOTS

Whitney was born and raised in Truckee. She was a student at Truckee High School, where she was involved in student government and varsity soccer, graduating with honors in 2006. She went on to attend Tufts University in Boston where she was a four-year starter and captain of her soccer team.

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Graduating with a degree in biology, she worked at a commercial real estate investment firm in Boston and lives with her amazing fiancé, Dan Stebbins. Whitney is incredibly intelligent, athletic and tenacious. These are all qualities that are serving her well as she fights for her life.

Whitney's parents, Tony Hardy and Molly Stuart and brother Matt, are longtime locals and supporters of "Everything Truckee," where they are known by many for their giving spirits and love for life. They are especially overwhelmed with the support, prayers, love and donations from family, friends and strangers.

#FightHardy

There has been a wonderful campaign dubbed #FightHardy to help Whit along her road to recovery by ensuring the only thing she needs to worry about is her rehabilitation.

To date, fundraisers have taken place in Boston, New York, Virginia, Connecticut and California. Future fundraisers will continue to allow everyone to come together and show their support for Whitney.

A new series of fundraising efforts, "Whitney Wednesdays" began Wednesday, May 28 in Truckee and will run throughout the summer as part of the #FightHardy campaign. Cake Tahoe owner Johanna Lasseter-Curtis generously donated 100 percent of sales that day to the #FightHardy campaign.

Future Whitney Wednesdays will be held at Wild Cherries on June 4 and Truckee River Winery on June 18.

Gratitude and Gioielli Specialty Beads will host in July. Music in the Park Concert at Regional Park will be sponsored by #FightHardy on Wednesday, Aug. 13. Check the Sierra Sun online calendar as well as on the #FightHardy facebook page (facebook.com/fighthardy) for dates and times.

Contact Mercie at fighthardy@gmail.com with questions or if you would like to host a Whitney Wednesday.

In addition to your generous support we ask that you help promote the #Fighthardy hashtag on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Direct donations can be made at http://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/j524/-fighthardy.

You can follow Whitney's progress on CaringBridge at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/whitneyhardy2.

Family members post updates on her condition and progress, but please note when on CaringBridge that a "Tribute Donation" funds the organization that operates the website and not Whitney's rehabilitation.

Please share these links and watch for upcoming events and additional fundraising efforts. With Whitney's strength, the support of her family, Truckee Love and your aid, we can help Whitney #FightHardy during this difficult time.

MORE INFO

What: Whitney Wednesdays

June 4: Wild Cherries, donation jar out every Wednesday in June.

June 18: Truckee River Winery Festive Celebration, wear green, donations accepted, matched $ for $ up to $500

Aug. 13: Music in the Park at Truckee Regional Park concert will be sponsored by #FightHardy

Visit: http://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/j524/-fighthardy