Fundraiser for Cardwell set for Feb. 16

By Allen Worrell

February 5, 2014

Hillsville Pentecostal Holiness Church will hold a benefit fundraiser Feb. 16 for 16-year-old Pamela Cardwell, who was seriously injured in a car wreck Nov. 30 of last year.

The accident on Coulson Church Road claimed the life of Cardwell’s fiancé, 20-year-old Ethan Webb. Those close to the situation say Cardwell was extremely lucky to survive.

“I’ve seen pictures from when they got her to Roanoke and she was almost in a body cast. She had broken all the bones in her feet and she was on life support,” said Amy Jarels, who is helping coordinate the fundraiser to help Cardwell’s family with medical expenses. “We went to see her in the hospital and we saw before and after pictures. Let’s just say I believe in miracles.”

Cardwell is finally home after the long ordeal that left her in a coma for 15 days. Even so, Jarels said the transport bill alone for Cardwell to be airlifted to Roanoke was $38,000. Additionally, she was hospitalized for about a month and a half. And the wreck has left much damage, physically and mentally, Jarels said.

“She still has a long ways to go. She says, ‘I miss Ethan and she will bust out crying,’” Jarels said of Cardwell and Webb, both of whom were involved in the youth program at Hillsville Pentecostal Holiness Church. “There has been a little bit of brain damage and damage to her right arm. The church is trying to head up donations and get the word out about this benefit.”

Jarels said Cardwell and Webb were engaged to be married after Cardwell graduated high school at the end of next year. She said Webb’s mother, Amy Wright, has worked hard on the fundraiser and to help get donations for Cardwell’s family.

“I think she deserves a lot of recognition,” Jarels said. “She is the main person over this fundraiser.”

The benefit will take place from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Feb. 16 at the Grover King VFW Post 1115 in Hillsville. Activities include fellowship, an auction, music by Pike City and food. The menu will consist of vegetable soup, chili, baked potato, sandwiches, desserts and drinks. Cost is $6 per plate for adults and $4 per plate for children 12 & under. Gospel singing will be from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m., followed by an auction from 1-3 p.m.

Allen Worrell can be reached by calling (276) 728-7311 or on Twitter @AWorrellTCN