WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - A local musician who’s overcome the odds returns to her roots and Wichita for a charity concert in Naftzger Park. 

“I love Wichita so it’s great to be back here even if it’s just for two days,” said Jenny Wood, musician. 

Five years ago Jenny Wood was in a tragic car accident involving a high-speed chase in downtown Wichita. She lost her mother and niece and after being ejected from the vehicle she was told she only had a 5% chance of survival.

Wichita banded together and fundraised for her medical bills back then and now she’s helping her community out in return. 

Saturday was her first return back to Wichita in three years. 


 “She wanted to perform and she also wanted to give back to the community that gave so much to her during her time of need,” said Monica Salmeron, band manager. 

“So it’s a miracle. A miracle I’m still here and for anyone else that’s suffering- it’s okay. It’s going to be okay and I remember thinking no it’s not. But it is,” said Wood. 

On Saturday Wichita welcomed Jenny Wood back with open arms as she performed in front of more than 200 people raising money for the Salvation Army and the Lord’s Dinner. 

“Currently, now in Nashville, she works at a food bank and she helps the homeless there and so she wanted to be able to come back and help the homeless here in Wichita,” said Salmeron. 

At Jenny Wood Stock there were 10 vendors showcasing local art and artisan goods, other musical talent, food trucks, and merchandise. 

A filmmaker from Los Angeles is following Jenny to produce a feature film about her life, the challenges she’s overcome, and the music she makes. 

“It’s another opportunity to show people that no matter what has happened to you- no matter what- someone loves you. You are cared for and if you think you’re never going to heal that’s not true. I am living proof. I was not supposed to make it and I did,” said Wood. 

Her accident still stays with her in the form of grand mal seizures- but she doesn’t let that get in the way of her passion- music. 

“It’s just wonderful to be female and to have survived and to be able to make music that people connect with and cry. What’s better than that?” said Wood.