OCALA - A 15-year-old in North Central Florida is fighting the fight of her life, after she suffered a brain aneurysm; but she’s not fighting alone. People beyond North Central Florida are showing their support through the internet.
Peyton Evans a freshman here at Forest High School, was working out with her father Friday morning when she got a horrible migraine that led to a seizure; which still has her at UF Health Shands in critical condition.
15-year-old Peyton Evans is one of four girls part of a big family in Ocala. Friends call Evans a ray of sunshine. ”(She) was the
brightest thing anyone could ever have,” Mckenzie Chetock a close friend said.
As a flyer for the cheerleading squad at Forest High, friends say she was also very involved in school. “She was very friendly, very kind hearted… She was a really good friend,” Chetok added.
Evans was born with an undetected abnormal blood vessel that ruptured Friday morning while she was exercising at the local YMCA. She is currently fighting for her life in the Intensive Care Unit at UF Health Shands. Despite the circumstances, her family is hopeful.
Miguel Garcia De Quevedo who is part of the family said, “We are still keeping our hopes up and remaining positive about the situation so that we can push forward and she can wake up and see all the support that she’s gotten from everyone.
One of the things that touches him the most, is the kindness of strangers. Thousands of dollars have been donated through websites like Headfunder and CryptoCurrency.
“We don’t know any of these people. It’s one thing for the community to go ahead and join and then it’s completely other thing when these people that have never met her and are millions of miles away from all over the world are helping out,” Garcia De Quevedo said.
Thursday afternoon there was a fundraiser at the Winghouse in Ocala to help pay for evans medical Expenses.
Hannah Hineman another close friend said, “I just wish that God is with them through this tragedy and that Peyton will make it through this and I know she will cause she is strong. I hope that the family can get as many donations as possible to make Peyton more comfortable so they can stay close to her.”
Close friends put together a candlelight vigil for evans on Wednesday night, to show their support. “She dabbled in each of our lives in her own unique way to go ahead and prepare us to be strong for this, she really did,” Garcia De Quevedo said.
If you would like to follow the conversation you can, just look for #PrayForPeyton. In the meantime, there will be a car wash at the Sonic in Ocala from 10am to 2pm.
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