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Friends have unique way to help family involved in deadly crash

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

More people are stepping up to a help a central Kentucky Family devastated by a horrible crash.

Seven-year-olds McKenna and Chase Padgett died last week following the crash in Boyle County. Their triplet brother, Connor, along with their mother, Stefanie, and infant sister were injured.

Now, Stefanie's co-workers have come up with a unique way to help her as she continues to recover.

"Well we are all family at Ephraim McDowell, and when one of us is hurting, all of us are hurting," said Vicki Darnell.

Darnell is the President & CEO of Ephraim McDowell Medical Center in Danville. Staff at the hospital have been given the option to donate cash or their paid time of (PTO) to Stefanie and her family.

"There is nothing we can do to replace the unimaginable loss Stefanie and her family have experienced, but what we can do is lend her our financial support and encouragement," Darnell said.

As of Friday afternoon, employees had donated almost 700 hours of their PTO to Stefanie and raised more than $11,000 in cash. All of the proceeds will go directly to Stefanie and the Padgett family.

"Her medical bills are piling up daily, and with having to bury two of her children, we want to help her out as much as possible," she said.

If you would like to make donations to the Stefanie Padgett family, Ephraim McDowell Health Care Foundation is receiving online donations and accepting checks.

If paying by check, please make them payable through the Ephraim McDowell Health Care Foundation Chaplain's Fund. The mailing address is 217 South Third Street, Danville, KY 40422. Please note Stefanie Padgett family in the memo section of your check.

The local Applebee's in Danville is also giving back to the Padgett family who frequented the restaurant. From now until Sunday at 11:00 p.m. customers who bring in a 'Dine to Donate' flier, 10 percent of those sales will also go to the Padgett Family.

And the giving will continue Saturday at Six Friends Cafe in Lexington. Friends of Stefanie Padgett are holding a benefit at the cafe on Kentucky Avenue across from Woodland Park. It begins at 5:00 p.m. with a silent auction and two bands will begin playing at 6:30 p.m. and go until late into the night. All proceeds will go to the Padgett family.


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