Fundraiser to benefit 17-year-old’s months-long covid battle

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – One Maryland teenager has spent two months now in the hospital battling covid, but on Tuesday night the community is coming together to support her and her family.

“She had contracted covid on August 1st, that’s when my husband took her to the hospital,” Sheila Curtis said from a hospital room at John’s Hopkins, where her 17-year-old daughter Allie has been for weeks now, battling complications from covid.

“Her lungs are damaged at this point, and they are talking, later down the line, possibly a lung transplant,” Sheila said.

The extended hospital stay means Allie, a student at Wicomico High School, has missed out on a lot during her senior year. That includes homecoming, but staff at TidalHealth stepped in, bringing the event to her in her own room before she was transferred to Johns Hopkins. But those missed events pale in comparison to the financial and emotional strain her family is going through.

“As you know, with hospital expenses and travel and some of the other things, it’s kind of tough, kind of overwhelming,” Allie’s dad, McCoy, said. “My wife has been there the entire time, so she’s been off of work this entire time.”

McCoy says the support from the community has been nothing short of incredible.

“The community, phone calls, messages, donations, food drop offs, and everything everybody has been doing… the constant care and the constant calls have meant so much,” he said.

He adds that so many people rallying around the family just shows the impact that Allie has had on her community, even at only 17-years-old.

“She’s just such an amazing young lady, such a giving heart, and such a vibrant spirit,” McCoy said. “She’s involved in a lot of things in the community, and she makes a major impact and puts a lot of love in everything she does, and we’re really grateful that people are reciprocating at this time to show her how much they care about her.”

That fundraiser at Caesar’s Pizza Palace kicks off Tuesday night at 4 o’clock and will go on until 8 o’clock. If you can’t make it but still want to help the family, Sheila says you can donate to them directly via Venmo at @SheilaCurtis66 or via Cash App at $SheShe66.

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