The Community Is Rallying Together To Help Paralyzed York County Teen

CLOVER, SC.– The community is rallying together to help a York County teenager. A jet ski accident left her paralyzed from the chest down, and now she’s preparing to compete in a race.

McKenna Woodhead will never shy away from a challenge.

The teen plans to compete in the Cycle to the Sea race from Charlotte to Myrtle Beach in April. The race raises money for Adaptive Sports and Adventure Programs, to help those with physical disabilities be active. A cause close to McKenna’s heart.

“From the beginning, I wanted to still be active and stay active and do all different types of things and try new things,” says Woodhead.

McKenna went jet skiing with friends on Lake Wylie on June 25th, 2018. Then she had an accident. She broke her neck and was in the hospital for two months. Now, she’s paralyzed from the chest down. It’s been a long road for McKenna. Still, the former Carolina Rapids soccer player remains positive.

“Look to the future because like, even if you can’t do something right now you can just work towards it and be able to accomplish something bigger.”

The owners of the Famous Toastery got word of McKenna’s story.

“Every time we open a location we like to partner with somebody local, somebody charitable and really from the get go be a part of the community,” says Marketing Manager of Famous Toastery Dennis Jackson.

They chose McKenna. The goal during the soft opening of their store in Clover, to raise $10,000 to buy her an adaptive bike of her own for the race.

“They’ll enjoy their meal and at the end of it we’ll sort of let them know that everything is on the house today, we just ask that they donate to our goal.”

The fundraiser is happening Saturday and Sunday from 9 am-2 pm. It’s happening at 5217 Hwy 557 Clover, South Carolina 29710.