On Dec. 3, a pregnant Charmaine Richardson was driving home from nursing classes when her Honda Accord was split in half during .
The accident caused a tear in Richardon’s liver, damaged her spinal cord and . Three months later on St. Patrick’s Day, the Harwood resident gave birth to a healthy baby boy and gave him the appropriate middle name, Miracle.
Since that day, Richardson has been raising her new son, her 3-year-old daughter, and teaching her family about the meaning of toughness.
“She’s coping with it all a lot better than I would have,” said Joe Wright, Richardson’s uncle. “Everything happens for a reason. It’s what you learn from it that defines you. She’s amazing.”
Following the accident and Richardson’s return home, Wright said businesses, neighbors and even strangers came to the family’s aid in renovating her house to become wheelchair accessible.
“Home Depot and Griffith Oil in Edgewater, they were huge,” Wright said. “They came out and fixed the furnace, the air conditioning, they really went above and beyond. Home Depot sent guys out to build the handicap ramp, all the flooring, they were totally amazing.”
As an immediate “thank you” to those who helped, Wright and his family threw a miniature party for the community. However, Wright said he always wanted to do something “big” to show his appreciation and raise financial support for his niece. That’s why on Aug. 18, Wright and his family are hosting a massive “Family Day Benefit” event to help Richardson and another local resident paralyzed during an ATV accident.
From noon to 5 p.m. at Serenity Farms overlooking the Patuxent River in Benedict, MD, the community is invited to partake in music, games, food and fun in a festival-like atmosphere. All the proceeds will be split, half for Richardson and half for Brent Jones, a Prince Frederick County volunteer firefighter who was paralyzed in 2010 during an ATV accident.
Wright said the family has rented the entire farm so that residents can enjoy live music from Sam Grow Band, The Piranhas, One Louder and activities including horseshoes, face painting, a petting zoo and a corn hole tournament. But in order for the day to be a success, Wright said he needs help from local businesses.
“The bands we got offered to play for no charge, but it cost us $2,600 just to rent the farm. We have to cover our cost before any money goes to medical bills and expenses for either Charmaine or Brent,” Wright said. “This is hard. My sister and I, we go out after work and on weekends asking for donations. There have been some businesses that have helped, but not many. This is really a grassroots kind of thing. We really need water and ice too, it’s going to be hot.”
Adam Crewey, a Griffith Oil employee, helped renovate Richardson’s house and said he plans to attend the Family Day Benefit event.
“I feel very lucky to have met her family and friends—a great group of people with such big hearts,” Crewey said. “It’s going to be a good family event with some good entertainment and all the proceeds go to a great cause.”
Tickets to the event can be ordered in advance for $25 for a family of four, or $35 at the door. Tickets for single individuals are $15. For those wishing to buy tickets or get involved in sponsoring part of the event, call Joe Wright at 240-381-4752.
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