Help Audrey Overcome Her Traumatic Brain Injury

For: Audrey Ogan
Organizer: Emily Roper
$11,450
of $10,000 goal.
Raised by 137 donors
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The Story

On March 25thAudrey Ogan suffered a traumatic brain injuring while caring for her pony Charlie. After the morning session of Pony Camp, Audrey assisted in putting the ponies back in their runs. Upon completing this task, Audrey returned to visit Charlie who was resting in his run. Audrey’s contact with Charlie startled him triggering a natural “flight” reflex inadvertently knocking Audrey to the ground and stepping on her head.

Audrey received immediate medical attention from her mother Berni Ogan as well as the Pony Camp staff. Springfield Fire and Life Safety was dispatched and transported her to Riverbend Medical Center. Upon evaluation of Audrey’s injuries it was determined that she needed advanced medical care and was taken by LifeFlight to Emanuel Children’s Hospital in Portland.

Upon arriving at Emmanuel Audrey was taken to surgery to stabilize her multiple skull fractures and further evaluate the significance of her injuries. After surgery Audrey was admitted to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit where she has received exceptional care and has made tremendous progress with hopes to continue her treatment at home soon. Each day is a new journey as the injury continues to define itself.

Audrey is an advanced equestrian, she is a 16 time National Congress Champion as well as a highly accomplished POA show circuit participant. She is a very conscientious and technical rider who you will never find on the back of a pony without a riding helmet.

Audrey’s parents are James and Berni Ogan and their family owns and runs Pacific Equestrian Center. Berni herself is also an accomplished equestrian and is a personal instructor teaching both basic and advanced riding fundamentals. Pacific Equestrian Center prides itself on its family atmosphere and its dedication to rider education and safety.

The Ogan family would like to thank everyone for the tremendous outpouring of love and support in Audrey’s time of need, it has truly been a blessing. We hope this information provides peace of mind to the cause of her accident. The family will not be able to respond to requests for further details or updates as the primary focus is on the care and well-being of Audrey. They are grateful for all of the support and humbled by the love and generosity of the community.

If you would like to assist the Ogan family on the road to Audrey’s recovery you may do so by thought, prayer, or financial assistance. The Ogan family does have medical insurance but it will not cover the large financial burden that will come with Audrey’s long journey through recovery.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on April 6, 2014

Posted on April 6, 2014

Update from James Ogan (Audrey's dad)

Wow, what a week! People that know me, know that I am not much for words. I believe that actions speak louder than words. I try to live my life by the rules of kindergarten: say please and thank you, if you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all, share, and Ethan’s favorite “ you get what you get and you don’t throw a fit”.
People often offer to lend a hand around the barn and I often will thank them and say ok, but I seldom ever accept the offer. The reason is twofold. One is, I am particular with the way I like things done. The other is I feel obligated to return the favor in the future. However, with the lifestyle my family leads, I know that I will not have any “free time” to return the favor.
Last week Berni and I walked away from our everyday life to care for Audrey. Nothing coordinated, no plans in place, we just up and left. The only concern we had for eight long days was for our dear, sweet, Audrey. As all of you know, we were blessed by the grace of God, and returned with the girl that we all know and love. The road to a full recovery will be a long and bumpy one, but that is a journey that I will be happy to go on.
Upon our arrival home, everything seemed just as we had left. People were riding in the arena, lessons were being given. The chickens were happy and the cats and goats waiting for their food, but there were a few changes. Audrey now had a bedroom downstairs, and the house was cleaned up. There was one item that had not changed and that was the side porch. That hit me like a brick to see Tuesday’s Pony Camp art project. It instantly sobered the joy that I had in bringing Audrey home. It made me think how close we came to losing one of the best things in my life. As I stood there staring at the mural my thoughts changed from the sadness of that day to the blessing that my family has. I knew that my family had a close bond. What I didn’t fully realize is exactly how big my family was.
If you read the definition of family in the dictionary you will find that the definition explains a kinship defined by blood relation. Unfortunately it was the blood of my little girl that defined my family to me. My family consists not only of my wife, children, mother, father and brothers and sisters. But it also consists of the many people that my family has come in contact with over the last number of years. I did not realize how many people have touched my life. Berni and I were in the ICU one night hoping and praying for Audrey when she showed me the youcaring site. I could only start reading the explanation for the fundraiser before my eyes were filled with tears. It was that moment when I realized how many people were in my family. I saw that there were already one hundred people that had contributed to the fundraiser. It wasn’t until the next day could I bring myself to read the rest of the comments that people posted.
I am a proud person who always believed that I would be able to provide for my family. In this hardship I have come to realize that there are some things that I need help with. All the financial donations are appreciated. The prayers for my family are greatly appreciated. I will never be able to repay all of you for your support. We know that we are just beginning the journey to Audrey’s recovery. We will have moments of up’s and down’s. But the most important thing is that I still have my daughter, and that I have a new understanding of my family.
This is where I will have to go back to what I learned in kindergarten.
THANK YOU
James Ogan


Posted on April 3, 2014

Posted on April 3, 2014

Update from Berni:

Miracle of all miracles, not only did we get to come home from Randall's Children Hospital yesterday, but my daughter WALKED (really, almost strutted) UNASSISTED out of the front doors!

Audrey is such a strong girl. She has grit and determination, as well as a good work ethic and personal drive. Because of those personal characteristics I am confident she will continue to push through any obstacle she comes up against in her recovery.

Thank you so very much for all of your prayers, love, support, help and personal stories that offer encouragement and hope! I am a believer in God and his forgiveness and mercy. However, I struggle with my personal relationship with God -- so I wouldn't consider myself to be a strong Christian or "Religious". Because of all your prayers, I felt the hand of God in the hospital. In our darkest hours, not knowing whether or not Audrey would even make it, and if she did to what extent she would recover, His presence was in the room. God put on my heart scripture that I haven't heard of or thought of since I was a little girl. Granted, I had to Google the exact texts and what the versus were.

On our way home, James shared with me a quote that came to him while in the hospital. (I am crying as I type this) "You are a great champion.
When you ran, the ground shook.The sky opened, and mere mortals parted. Parted the way to victory, where you'll meet me in the winner's circle - and I'll put a blanket of flowers on your back. " -- from Dreamer the Movie

I do believe each of us has a purpose in this life. God must have big plans for this girl. We will continue to need your prayers throughout recovery. Audrey has been very emotional (as should be expected). She cannot quite fathom the activity restrictions she has placed upon her for her safety. She is an independent and self sufficient girl -- so having to depend upon others is hard. She also cannot believe that she will most likely be restricted from riding her beloved pony, Charlie, for at least 6 months. It seems trivial through all of this, but it is a big deal to a girl who rides a couple of hours a day each day. Charlie is really her best friend and partner. Audrey also does have a real understanding that she could have died. She has been so thoughtful, even when she couldn't speak much, or stay awake for longer than 10 minutes at a time. Any time we would show her something someone had brought for her, or recount how people had or were helping her, she would say, "That is so nice.", or, "I will have to tell them thank you." or "I will have to give them a big hug."

Audrey is such an amazing human being at only 10 years old. She is my inspiration!

We are very happy to be home with our family together, all under one roof. Thank you Jesus! I can NEVER thank you all enough.


Posted on April 3, 2014

Posted on April 3, 2014

UPDATE (1:00 p.m. Wednesday April 2) from Uncle John: 

Fantastic news! After 8 days at Emanuel Hospital Audrey was discharged this afternoon!  She walked out on her own two feet and is on her way home as I write.  Berni will provide an update later today or perhaps tomorrow after they all settle in back at home, but she asked that I let you all share the excitement and relief with all of you right away.  Audrey will be doing some therapy work to continue her recovery, but we know she will continue to grow stronger every day.  We want to thank Emily Roper for starting this drive all on her own.  Thank you Emily!!  It is going to really help.  And everybody that enlisted in Audrey’s Army offering prayers and cards and positive thoughts and contributions were a pillar of support and comfort to Berni, James an Audrey.  Thank you all so very much. That’s all from me and for now.  Berni may share more here and/or on her FB later today once settled. It would be great if you could take just a few moments to pause what you’re are doing, and savor this good news with the family as it is happening right now. Again, and again, thank you all so very much!

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