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Fundraiser to help woman with traumatic brain injury

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WILLIAMSON CO. -- A Williamson County woman makes an incredible recovery after a car accident left her with severe injuries.

That accident happened five years ago, putting then-17-year-old Kassidy Mauk in a coma for 78 days with a traumatic brain injury.

As News 3's Evie Allen shows us, this weekend, her family will celebrate how far she's come at a big fundraiser.

22-year-old Kassidy Mauk can complete an entire sentence for the first time in five years.

"She has a traumatic brain injury and it's right-sided, so it affects her motor skills," said her mother, Angel Brooks.

On August 12, 2012, a car accident injured Kassidy and three of her friends, just two days before starting their senior year in high school.

Angel says she's had a long journey to recovery, but from day one, Kassidy fought to recover.

For about four months she's used this "augmentative communication" device to give a voice to her thoughts.

"As a parent, you wonder whether you got through, whether that what you were teaching them as they were growing up, that it stuck and I thin it has."

Angel says Kassidy still has a long way to go, but with the help and support of so many who care, her daughter will continue to show progress.

As the family celebrates Kassidy's progress weekend, Angel hopes everyone remembers to stay careful on the road and young people should never be afraid to speak up if they feel unsafe.

If you want to help support and celebrate with the family, their fundraiser will take place at the Herrin Elks Club this Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

There will be barbecue and music. Kasssidy will also make an appearance.  

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