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Community raising funds for injured local skier Kailyn Forsberg

Young Kailyn Forsberg took a horrific fall. Her community is helping her up as best it can.

There have been a few bake sales and some other good-hearted people are doing what they can, but the first big fundraiser is set for later this summer.

The Vail Valley Charitable Fund will host a benefit for Kailyn Forsberg to help her family offset the mountain of medical expenses. It will take place Aug. 28 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Brush Creek Pavilion in Eagle.

Some sensation

Kailyn Forsberg is paralyzed from the waist down, but she has some sensation in her feet and lower extremities.

When someone moves her hands and feet, she can feel it.

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"Kailyn said the other day how weird it would be if she didn't have any sensation," her father, Mitch, said. "That she can feel touch … it is reassuring to her."

She's driven to a remarkable degree, according to her father. The same drive that made her one of the nation's top young skiers is now being applied to rehab.

Medical bills

Her dad tries not to think about the medical bills and does not yet have a full idea of how much they will be. It's a smaller version of the same sensation he had right after his daughter's crash.

"When I think back to the day Kailyn got hurt, interacting with ski patrol, flight for life and ER docs, it was like they were all speaking in code," he said. "It was like they all knew how badly Kailyn was hurt, but they wouldn't tell me."

"I'm having that same sort of feeling now with the cost. I can't seem get any definitive information," he said.

One thing he knows for certain. The Vail Valley Charitable Fund is trying to help him get ahead of the curve.

"The people on that team are just running with it and keeping me out of it as much as possible. It's something for which we are so thankful," Mitch Forsberg said.

Kailyn Forsberg, 15, is an Eagle Valley High School student. Her dad is principal of Gypsum Elementary School.

Kailyn Forsberg was walking at nine months and on skis at 1 year old.

"She's a sweet, caring, feisty mountain girl who is a lot of fun to be around, and is one of the toughest kids we know," her dad said.

How it happened

Kailyn Forsberg had already finished second twice in April's USASA nationals at Copper Mountain when a crash in the slopestyle event left her with a broken pelvis, dislocated hip and a fractured vertebrae impacting the spinal cord.

She was immediately air lifted to Children's Hospital in Aurora, where she underwent extensive surgery.

The medical bills are expected to top seven figures, and insurance won't cover it all.

Donations have been coming through the Vail Valley Charitable Fund and http://www.you caring.com.

The initial goal was $150,000 by Kailyn Forsberg's 16th birthday, Jan. 24. It's going to take more than that.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and rwyrick@vaildaily.com.

To contribute

To help, contribute through the Vail Valley Charitable Fund at vvcf.org, or online at http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/care-for-kailyn-forsberg-/335528

You may send cards of good wishes to Kailyn and her family c/o Gypsum Elementary School, PO Box 570 Gypsum, CO 81637.

If You Go …

What: CFK Benefit for Kailyn Forsberg

When: 5-9 p.m. Aug. 28

Where: Brush Creek Pavilion

Tickets: $25 donation

Information: The Vail Valley Charitable Fund is hosting a benefit for Kailyn Forsberg. Go to http://www.vvcf.org/help-the-cause