Local Car Clubs rallied on Sunday to raise money for an Arlington teenager who is still struggling with West Nile Virus nine months after she was infected.
On the surface, it was the kind of car show that happens most every weekend in North Texas. But this one had a special cause -- a teenage girl who's whole life was turned upside down with one mosquito bite.
"I was on my patio outside the house," said Jordan Conner. "Playing with my dog." Within days Jordan was nearly paralyzed. It was late July when she was diagnosed with a severe case of West Nile virus.
"She was in ICU on the brink of death," her mother Ebonie recalled. "And she's been in and out of the hospital ever since."
Jordan's mother says it's effected her daughter's neurological system. For a time, doctors feared she might now walk again.
"Now it's getting better," Jordan said. "But when I first had it I was basically just horrible, miserable, like forever. I couldn't do anything, just sit at home all day.
Medical bills have piled up, over 500-thousand her mother says, and that's where the car show came in.
"We all donating money," Kendrick Paysinger of 2nd II None Car Club said. "We're puttin' all the car clubs together and making it happen."
"We're just so touched and moved by it. Because it wasn't the churches that helped. It wasn't the charities that helped but it's a car club," said Ebonie. Jordan has good days and bad, but her mother said the High School sophomore is beating the odds.
"It's attacking her brain so she has to choose to fight. And, she's chosen to fight and bless God for people who stand in the gap for us and to take action. The fortitude and faith that girl has shown has made me proud to be her mother. She is fighting like a champion.
"By the grace of God she'll make a full recovery and help other people do the same."
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