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Fundraiser set for woman trapped in car for 2 days

BOLTONLANDING-A fundraiser is being planned for Diamond Point resident Brittany LaFoy, who was the victim of a serious car crash in October 2009, in which she was trapped for nearly two days in her vehicle, which had careened off Rte. 9 into the woods in Warrensburg.

Now, LaFoy is recovering from injuries sustained in the accident, and the event has been planned by friends who seek to raise money for her rehabilitation, ongoing medical expenses, and adaptive equipment for her car.

A 2004 graduate of Warrensburg High School, LaFoy is the mother of a three-year-old boy. Up until the crash, LaFoy worked as a waitress at Pumpernickel's Restaurant, where the fundraiser is to be held from 2 to 6 p.m. on May 1. Pumpernickel's is located at 4571 Lake Shore Drive, Bolton Landing. The event includes a buffet dinner for $6, music by Mike LaPoint, plus a variety of raffles including gift baskets filled with donated goods and gift certificates from area businesses. Featured among the items is a handmade quilt.

Those seeking to donate items and services may call Cindy Jennings of Chestertown at 744-9083 or Jodi Connally of Bolton Landing at 744-3901. Jennings and Connally work at the Bolton Landing Post office with Brittany's mother, Tammy LaFoy-Gray, Jennings said Tuesday.

In the crash, Brittany LaFoy suffered three strokes that left her with paralysis on her left side, a shattered jaw, and traumatic brain injury, Jennings said. Soon after she was discovered by tracking GPS signals from her cell phone, LaFoy was flown by helicopter to Albany Medical Center where she spent the next three weeks fighting for her life, Jennings said.

LaFoy then received physical therapy from Sunnyview Center in Schenectady, and more recently returned home in a wheel chair.

"She's made an incredible recovery," Jennings said, noting LaFoy at this point has little use of her left arm and walks with a limp.

She said doctors have advised that LaFoy is now ready to drive a car, but it needs to be equipped with expensive controls, for which money from the fundraiser will go towards.

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