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Veterans of Foreign Wars raise hundreds for injured 4-year-old

By Devon Fasbinder, dfasbinder@kwch.com
Published On: Aug 06 2014 07:58:08 AM CDT
Updated On: Jun 22 2014 10:14:33 PM CDT
WICHITA, Kan. -

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3115 held a fundraiser Sunday for 4-year-old Aubrie Sanborn who was paralyzed in a moped accident in May.

"We have to support our community," VFW Member Terry Fletcher said. "We're veterans. We serve people we don't even know."

Back in May, 4-year-old Aubrie Sanborn was riding on a moped with her father near 10th and Waco. Police said a truck tried to turn and collided with the moped. Eyewitnesses said the girl had a helmet on but still flew about ten feet in the accident. She went to the hospital with life-threatening injuries paralyzing her from the neck down. Her father's injuries were less severe.

“I was devastated,” Aubrie’s uncle Earl Cooney said. “That’s my little niece.”

Cooney and Aubrie’s grandmother were at the Burger Burn fundraiser Sunday and said they were thankful for the prayers and support from everyone.

Cooney said, "It means a lot because there's people pulling together to help someone that needs some help and there's a lot of support in this and it's very appreciated."

Though people who came were enjoying the food and talking with each other, Aubrie’s grandmother, Alberta Sanborn, was only thinking of her granddaughter.

“She’s my little sidekick,” Sanborn said. “We went places together, you know, when I had her and stuff. She didn’t complain too much. She’s really close to her daddy. She loves her daddy.”

Cooney said, “She still seems like Aubrie. She still makes the same funny faces when you ask her to.”

The family’s focus at this point is to get Aubrie home and healed.

To help Aubrie's family, you can go to this fund.ly page and donate. Her family said the medical care will be very expensive considering she is in Kansas City and has been in the hospital for more than a month.

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