Olivia McLean, a skier from near Sussex, N.B. who collided with a tree at Nova Scotia’s Wentworth Valley last February, is recovering well.
So well, she will be taking on a five kilometre race this Saturday to raise money for the IWK, the hospital that treated her following the accident.
Then 13-year old McLean and her mother Dawn - both avid skiers -- were at Ski Wentworth last February when disaster struck.
"I was at a ski race. And so I'd just finished for the day. I was in fourth I guess. So I went for a free run with a friend that day and I collided with a tree."
McLean, who had been wearing a helmet, was knocked unconscious with her left leg broken in two places.
Medical staff from the IWK hospital were on the phone with her mother right after the accident and during the airlift to Halifax, where she spent nine days in a medically-induced coma.
Dawn says she is excited to have a chance to give back to the IWK.
"We spent two and half weeks there and the care is phenomenal. The service that we received was outstanding,” she said. “And that can't be done without the upgrades, people being educated."
With her recovery going well, McLean is putting her name on a five kilometre run this Saturday to raise money for the IWK.
"I'm going to start the run and see how far I can get,” said McLean.