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2017 & Fundraiser at Metropolis to benefit woman paralyzed in drive

2017-06-06 12:41 [BANK] Source:Netword
Guide:A fundraiser to support Chelsea Black, a Rolling Meadows High School graduate paralyzed from the chest down after a drive-by shooting last November, wi

2017 & Fundraiser at Metropolis to benefit woman paralyzed in drive

Handout / Photo courtesy Sue Dungan

Chelsea Black, who was paralyzed in a drive-by shooting in Chicago, is shown in this photo with Bridget Dungan.

Chelsea Black, who was paralyzed in a drive-by shooting in Chicago, is shown in this photo with Bridget Dungan. (Handout / Photo courtesy Sue Dungan)

Elizabeth Owens-SchielePioneer Press

A fundraiser to support Chelsea Black, a Rolling Meadows High School graduate paralyzed from the chest down after a drive-by shooting last November, will be held June 11 at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.

The event, organized by her former high school tennis coach, Carol Wenzel Martini, and friends Sue and Chris Dungan, all of Arlington Heights, begins at 6:45 p.m. with a silent auction in the Metropolis theater, 111 W. Campbell St., and a video of Chelsea, followed by a concert featuring Michael Ingersoll formerly of "Jersey Boys" and "Under The Streetlamp," and his wife, Angela, along with a live auction. Tickets are $50 and according to Sue Dungan, "every single penny will go to Chelsea."

"My daughter played tennis and badminton with her in high school and it just broke our heart," Dungan said. "Her mom is a single parent, I know they have limited resources, and they needed the community to help out. She's a good kid, a really sweet kid, determined and strong. It's really horrible what happened to her."

Black, now 20, was out with a friend from Arlington Heights on Nov. 4 at 12:20 a.m. According to Chicago Police, the two girls were passengers in a vehicle traveling in the 2400 block of North Meade Avenue in Chicago when they heard shots and felt pain. Police reported Chelsea sustained a gunshot wound to the neck and was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood in critical condition. Her 18-year-old friend sustained a gunshot wound to the abdomen and was also transported to Loyola in stable condition. Police have no one in custody and Area North detectives are still investigating the incident, police said.

Her mother, Liz Black, received a knock on her door at 2 a.m. that day and she rushed to the hospital to see her daughter.

"Doctors said she would never breathe on her own, but she's beating that," said Black, 49, a single mother of three adult daughters and a resident of Rolling Meadows. After two weeks at Loyola, a blood transfusion and an operation to reroute her nerves and put pins in to support her spine, Chelsea was put on a ventilator and tube feed.

"We made it through all that," Black said of her daughter who still has the bullet lodged in her shoulder and suffers from migraines, pain and anxiety due to the shooting. "She's the old Chelsea. She does not remember what happened."

She was taken to RML Specialty Hospital in Hinsdale last year where she has been since working on getting off her ventilator. She's suffered six lapses with pneumonia, her mom said, but she's persevering.

"She is finally completely breathing on her own, she can talk now, she couldn't talk before," Black said of her daughter who does rely on the ventilator at night and a computer to communicate. "She was on a tube feed but now she is eating her three meals a day. She has no feeling in her arms or legs, from the chest up she can feel pain, from the chest down, she is paralyzed."

She said Chelsea will soon be moving to Ballard Respiratory and Rehabilitation Centre in Des Plaines and Black hopes to order her daughter a wheelchair she can maneuver with her head. She's not ready to bring her home, said Black, who has been working as a full-time driver for Pace suburban bus service for 15 years and renting a house in Rolling Meadows. She said she first needs to find a house that is wheelchair-accessible.

"We're trying to raise money for the things their insurance won't cover," said Dungan. "I know there are always limits. We gotta get her home, get a car for a wheelchair, they might have to get a different home with a special setup for a wheelchair. All these little things that insurance won't cover, they all add up to a lot."

A trust has also been set up in Chelsea Black's name at MB financial Bank in Oak Brook.

Liz Black knows it will be a long road ahead for Chelsea but she is confident.

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