Faith Factor: Thanks from family Fiddyment in Truckee
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Dear Editor,
I am writing this letter on behalf of my daughter, Taylor Fiddyment. On May 28, 2011 while camping and riding with a large group of friends and church family in the Lemon Valley area of Nevada, she was in a tragic quad accident. Taylor has ridden for a few years and is no and#8220;hot shotand#8221; rider. This was simply a freak accident that could have happened to anybody at anytime.
We, as her family, are forever grateful to all the folks present, who helped get Taylor the help she needed as quickly as they did. A local resident of Truckee, Michael, was the one to call 911. He says that he was not and#8220;supposedand#8221; to be there that day, but we believe he was. Taylorand#8217;s first request to Michael when he got beside her was to pray with her. Thank you, Michael, for taking that moment with Taylor to cry out to her Savior for her peace and protection.
Then there was Scott Cross, who helped strap Taylor securely to a backboard to be Care Flighted to Renown Regional Medical Center. I know she was surrounded by friends who were also diligently praying for Taylor at those early critical moments. (You all know who you are and so do we). Thank you. Since we, her parents, were not with her, we got the call from friends as Care Flight was arriving at the scene. All we knew was that she was being taken to the hospital and that she could not feel her legs. We prayed first, then rushed to meet her at the hospital.
Taylorand#8217;s care at Renown was phenomenal. We have already sent a letter to them, thanking them individually, for the amazing care and compassion that they gave to our daughter. This letter is to make a feeble attempt at thanking this wonderful community for the outpouring of love and support that our family has received from all of you. We are constantly overwhelmed and humbled by your kindness, generosity and thoughtfulness.
Our home church, Tahoe Forest Church, has set up a fund for Taylorand#8217;s medical expenses, as well as a central communication location for anyone interested in following her progress. Many friends have prepared and delivered meals to my family while we have been separated for the last month during Taylorand#8217;s rehab in Sacramento, and the number of visitors Taylor has had is truly astounding. Her school, Forest Charter School, held a fundraiser at the end of the school year, folks have volunteered their precious time to help with any construction remodeling we may need when Taylor returns home. The list of kind acts of service goes on and on and on. Even her friends from her youth groups have collected enough money to buy Taylor a very nice, new guitar. She has been left speechless and honored.
Please know that though we cannot connect with each of you, that we continue to praise God for you and pray for you and your families as well. We could never be going through this trying time without all of your love and support. Thank you sounds so inadequate, but it is all we have. Please accept our deepest gratitude. We are so blessed to live in Truckee, where people know how to come together for their own.
Justin and Tami Fiddyment
Proud Parents of Taylor C. Fiddyment