June 4, 2006: Dawn’s world would be forever changed. The pontoon boat she and her husband were riding in collided with another pontoon, leaving her paralyzed, initially from the neck down. She had broken her neck at C5, and ruptured the discs at C4-C6. The doctors who evaluated her did not expect much improvement. As a mother of two children and a substitute teacher, Dawn had always been on the giving side. Now she was left to rely totally on the support of others. Dawn spent seven weeks in the hospital/rehabilitation center beginning her recovery process.
Since that time, she has been pursuing a rigorous course of therapies aimed at recovery. Her progress has been slow, but notable. When she came home from the hospital she was in a power wheelchair with lateral supports and a headrest. Since then Dawn has gained enough strength to use a manual wheelchair with no supports. Although she has not regained the use of her hands, she continues to show improvement throughout her body, including touch sensation to her toes.
January 17, 2008
Hi, Dawn I'm Avery Huffman's mom you had Avery in the First grade with Tammy Wilson. I'm just now learning about your accident. After 1st. grade i wondered what had happened to you, i didn't see you around school anymore or even in the community. We are very sad to hear of this, We wish you the very best with your recovery. The Scharf and Huffman Family.
Deanna , Brian, Avery & Aydan Scharf, L.K.N.E. Mooresville
January 9, 2008
Dawn,I remember hearing of your accident when it happened. I pray that you will continue to get stronger thru therapy. As you may know the school that you worked with (Lake Norman Elementary) has organized a bake sale to help raise funds for your medical expenses. I am also making a contribution and hope others will do the same. May God's blessings be with you and your family.
Robin Wilson, Mooresville, NC
October 25, 2007
Hi Dawn! It is good to see your sweet face! Dale and I are making a contribution and I am forwarding the website to others in hopes that they too can help out. I keep you in my prayers every night. You are such a fighter, I just know that you will walk again. We'll keep in touch. All our love & prayers! Dale & Debby
Dale & Debby Egle Davison, Michigan