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Community comes together for Caitlin McGarry

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN, Pa. - If you ask 22-year-old Caitlin McGarry's family to tell you about the woman they know, they'll tell you, there's not enough time.

"She's such an amazing, amazing person," her brother said.

"She's touched a lot of people in her life," adds her uncle.

And that is why they're praying for more.

"She's pretty much my role model, you know? Everything I've done in my entire life is because of her," said her 20-year-old brother, Kyle.

On the morning of April 26th, a driver in South Whitehall Township struck Caitlin's car head-on.

Two collapsed lungs, a shattered skull, and broken limbs were just a few of her injuries.

"They said that most likely from the day of the injury it will be around 4 weeks likely before she wakes up, but she has the ability too, and she will," Kyle pauses and smiles, adding, "She will."

Caitlin always had a heart for helping. She once raised money for pediatric cancer research in college. But with medical bills piling up, suddenly, she needs the help.

"We just started brainstorming!" says Michele Hoy, a family friend and a proud committee member of the “Caring for Caitlin” group.

Friends, even strangers, planned a fundraiser and prayer vigil in Schuylkill Haven, and then...

"In a small town, word gets out!" Kyle says.

Hundreds showed up to help raise money, and bring a little light to a dark time.

"You know, I'll never doubt people again. I'll never look at people and have a bad thought about them. Because the way that a community came together here, that so many people got behind a girl that they barely even knew, to just reach out and support and ask if we needed anything….it means a lot," Kyle tells us.

Caitlin has a long journey ahead, and there's still time to help. You can follow along with her journey on a Facebook page that's been set up by her family.

You can also donate through a GoFundMe page or make a donation at any Santander Bank branch - just direct the donation to "FBO for benefit of Caitlin McGarry."

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