Fundraiser held for family in Mulvane after deadly QT crash
The town of Mulvane held a fundraiser today for a local family going through the unthinkable.
The nightmare began for the Ivy family on April 24th, when a driver hit a gas pump at a QuikTrip in Derby. This caused an explosion that killed 3-year-old Harper Ivy and left her mother, Stephanie, in critical condition.
Since the crash, she's improved, but still has a long road ahead of her.
"She's got about four to six weeks of recovery left," says Stephanie's cousin Kendra Inkelaar. "She's doing well."
Inkelaar, along with others organized a fundraiser at the Mulvane Main Street park on Saturday to raise money for medical expenses and Harper's funeral.
"We had a lot of people reach out to us as well, and the community and the surrounding communities have all came together, and have helped so generously," Inkelaar said.
The fundraiser featured food, live music, and various vendors selling art and jewelry.
"We're here to support them and to try and raise some money for them through the raffle and everything," says vendor Debbi Wallace of Wands, Wings, and Fairy Things. "So it's a great day for us."
Inkelaar said that although the family is still reeling from the tragedy, it's good to see the warmth in strangers hearts.
"I love how everyone has really come together and helping a family that they don't even know," Inkelaar said. "It's really just the generosity of just everyone coming together."
There is a GoFundMe page to also help Harper's family, that's already received more than $88,000.