I’ve been following the story of 18-year-old Janessa Gordon’s hospitalization after a car wreck. I don’t know her personally, though I am acquainted with her mom, Kimberly Lepito, via Facebook.
I feel some connection with the young woman because she attended Northeast Metropolitan Technical High School in Wakefield, which I graduated from 25 years ago. Unfortunately, she was unable to attend her graduation last week because of injuries she sustained during the accident in Rangeley, Maine.
She was in Maine with about 20 classmates attending a pre-graduation celebration and was a front-seat passenger in a car that crashed. According to news reports, the driver lost control while trying to pass another vehicle at 90 miles per hour.
My prayers go out to Janessa and her family during this difficult time. If you’re a praying person, please add your prayers too.
Medical costs will surely be crushing. You can help by donating to an account at gofundme.com, set up by family friend Darla Casey-Smith a couple days after the accident. Updates on Janessa’s condition are posted regularly. Donations can also be sent to Blessings for Janessa Gordon, c/o Eastern Bank, 72 Loring Ave. Salem, MA 01970.