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Published July 13, 2010, 08:07 PM

East Grand Forks Helps Girl After Car Accident

Tara Nelson is still in a wheelchair after a car accident in May, but the 19-year-old is making progress every day, and tomorrow East Grand Forks is holding a benefit for her.

By: Brady Mallory, WDAZ

Tara Nelson is still in a wheelchair after a car accident in May, but the 19-year-old is making progress every day, and tomorrow East Grand Forks is holding a benefit for her. The benefit is tomorrow night at 5 pm to 9 pm at the East Grand Forks American Legion. It is open to the community.

Before her accident, Tara had other things on her mind.

"I always played with my Barbie's hair," said Nelson. She had a reason and after watching other hair stylists Tara found her goal.

"When I was little my girlfriends would have parties at Josef's School of Hair Design."

A car accident almost put an end to Tara's dream..

" I kind of remember a couple of days after they brought me back from the cities... When I was in rehab. The first days are fuzzy." Her parents remember it well.

"Nobody wants to go through it. It's absolutely horrible to watch your child lay there in a coma on a respirator for that long," said Kim Nelson, sitting next to her husband in their East Grand Forks home.

The Nelsons say their daughter was driving home from Fargo. A truck hit her car as she was crossing the intersection at the thompson exit. A torn spleen, nerve damage and five pelvic fractures were just some of her injuries.

" I'm thinking we're going to have at least 50, 60, $70,000 to pay out of pocket," Kim said it is only a fraction of what their bill will be.

People in East Grand Forks aren't letting the Nelsons face this alone. They're throwing a benefit with a meal and silent auction at the American Legion to help pay for some of Tara's bills.

" Everyone who has helped. We couldn't have done it alone. Tons of support," said Kim. Summer Jenson is happy to support her best friend Tara, and is happy her recovery is going well.

"It's nice to have her back to normal. She is doing better."

More physical therapy is on the way to help Tara get out of her wheelchair. Along with becoming a great hair stylist, Tara has a new goal.

" It's kind of another day. I just want to get back to where I was."

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