Murrieta Valley soccer player Madison “Maddi” Olson, 15, has been hospitalized with traumatic head injuries that she suffered in a skateboard accident Sunday, Jan. 5 in San Clemente. Maddi’s skull was fractured in a fall and emergency brain surgery was performed.
Maddi was left in a drug-induced coma and remains in critical condition and on life support in the pediatric intensive care unit at the Mission Viejo campus of Children’s Hospital of Orange Country.
A “Live Like Maddi” fundraiser is being held Sunday, Jan. 12 at 1 p.m. to help the family pay for medical expenses. The event will be held at The Rogue Restaurant, 41080 California Oaks Road in Murrieta.
Local businesses are donating various gifts for the auction. Several raffles are planned and many local breweries will be on site for tastings. Greg Cozzo, from Clear Channel radio, will be the host and a long list of local bands will be performing. The Tim Moyer Band, The Acoustic Groove, Lifetime Rocker, X-Ray Cat and Dead Mother’s Money are a few of the participating bands.
The local soccer community is also praying for her recovery and are supporting the fundraiser. Murrieta Valley’s girl’s soccer team dedicated its home game Tuesday night to their injured teammate. The Murrieta Mesa team is also making efforts to support Maddi and printed Maddi’s name on their arms in their game against Norco Thursday.
A Facebook page Prayers for Maddi https://www.facebook.com/pages/Prayers-4-MADDI/1411577635748549 was launched Monday, Jan. 6. The family also has set up a fundraising campaign on Fundly.com to help with expenses.
“Madison is such a beautiful, lively girl, and she has so much more life left to live,” her sister wrote on Fundly. com. “We won’t entertain the notion that she won’t win this fight.”
Students at Murrieta Valley are also being asked to wear blue when they return to school Jan. 14.
One hundred percent of all proceeds from the fundraiser and Fundly.com site will go directly to the family.
The Rogue Restaurant is owned by Maddi’s father Jason Olson and is located next to the Reading Cinemas and next to Chili’s. Please take the time to come out and show your support for Maddi and her family.