LAKE WYLIE, SC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Soccer and friendship are bringing hope to a 14-year-old girl left paralyzed in a jet ski accident on Lake Wylie just a week ago.
"Us as a whole, The Rapids Family, are always thinking about her and love and support her," said Teammate Nia Harley.
For the Carolina Rapids, soccer is more than just a sport-- it's a sisterhood.
"She's extremely talented," said Harley. "And is always positive on and off the field-- always smiling, always laughing and she kept a good vibe for the team."
On June 25, Carolina Rapids midfielder and soccer lover, McKenna Woodhead, was injured in a jet ski accident with one of her friends on Lake Wylie-- leaving her paralyzed from the chest down.
The accident was one of three major incidents on the lake in the span of just three days.
"I was shocked and broke down," said Harley. "You always hear about these things happening-- but when it hits this close to home, it hurts a lot more."
With a long road of recovery ahead, it didn't take long for McKenna's soccer team, The Carolina Rapids, to step in to help. They quickly launched a GoFundMe page and have well surpassed their $20,000 goal -- raising nearly $53,000 to help cover medical expenses.
"They have a huge group of people that love and support them and are keeping them in their thoughts and prayers," said Harley.
The hashtag “McKenna Strong” is taking over many social media platforms.
"Donating is good-- but you can put anything on social media, too," said Harley. "And let her family know there are people who don't even know her that are rooting for her. I definitely want her to know I love her and support her-- and will always be there for her," Harley added. "She's gonna get through this-- I know she will."
You can find a link to McKenna’s “Go Fund Me” page here: https://www.gofundme.com/mckennawoodhead