CRESTVIEW — Paige Woody and her daughter, Zoey, were injured in a March 25 pit bull attack, but the pair are on the mend.
Meanwhile, bills are mounting.
Greg Woody, Zoey’s stepfather, set up an online GoFundMe account — https://www.gofundme.com/evj94r-help-for-zoey — to cover medical expenses and related bills following the accident, which the site explains.
“Paige was treated for deep lacerations to her head and body,” it states. “Zoey was airlifted to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola where she underwent nine hours of emergency surgery. The right side of her face had been ripped to shreds leaving her left eye hanging out. Her jaw was shattered in, required dissolvable screws to hold in place.
“Zoey's father, Jonny Green and I, have been trying to keep them as comfortable as possible. Zoey will need several surgeries to repair damage to her face.”
Paige said she isn't able to work due to Zoey's needing around-the-clock care.
"She is not allowed outside or able to go to school,” Paige said. “My follow-ups are all cash pay. Medical supplies are for her cleanings and scar treatments twice a day.
"We just found out (May 10) that she will be going to Birmingham (in) early summer to have an eye lift.”
The medical procedures and follow-up appointments are costly, and GoFundMe donors have only given $11,768 of the $50,000 goal, as of this writing.
The Wingmen Motorcycle Club of Northwest Florida, for their part, scheduled a May 13 poker run.
"As soon as we saw the news article in the News Bulletin and some people saw it online, we organized a run,” Wingmen member "Tinman" Charron said. “All their medical expenses aren't covered, and we're holding a run to cover the remaining expenses.”
While the cyclists don't have an exact goal in mind, "We're just going to raise as much as possible,” Charron said. “Even with maximum participation, it's probably not going to be enough, but we're going to do what we can.”
Participants may drive bikes or cars for the event. The cost is $20 per rider and $10 per passenger. A cash prize for best hand and door prizes are part of the event.
Registration is 9-10:45 a.m. May 13 at Main Street Eats, 147 Main St., Crestview.
From there, riders will visit On the Edge, 114 Edge Ave., Niceville; KC's Sandbar, 190 Miracle Strip Parkway, Fort Walton Beach; and Hooters, 180 Cracker Barrel Drive, Crestview.
The final stop will be the Wingmen's clubhouse at 160 Cayson Ave., Crestview.
Contact Tinman, 826-3819, for more information on the run.