Injured Owasso Teen Surprised With New House, Van

Wednesday, December 7th 2011, 10:47 am
By: News On 6

An Owasso teen who survived a horrible car wreck last month got the surprise of her life Tuesday. Her high school volleyball team, the baseball team and their coaches all pitched in to redefine the word "teamwork."

The Owasso high school volleyball team put the finishing touches on the warmest welcome home of their lives. The team has been going nonstop for days.

It's all for their teammate Abigail McVicker. The 16 year old was in a horrible car accident on Black Friday. She had to be cut out of her car by the jaws of life and life flighted to a hospital. She survived but suffered a broken femur, hip, vertebrae and pelvis. She also had a shattered ankle, ruptured spleen and a concussion.

She'll be in wheel chair for months.

"I said, ‘If you trust me. We will find you a new home. We will move you. We will move you out. Move you in. You won't have to touch a thing,'" said Kimberly Drake, volleyball strength and conditioning coach.

With help from their coaches -- and the muscle of the baseball team -- they managed to pack, move, and clean a family from a second-story home into the one-story house.

The family knew they were getting help, but didn't expect this. The family got home to a pep rally in the driveway.

"We love you, Abi. May I show you your new home?" someone asked.

Her stunned silence and thankful tears said it all.

"It's so pretty," said crash survivor Abigail McVicker as the tears flowed. 

"It's really surprising," she said. "I didn't know that everyone cared about me this much. I didn't even know even that many people knew me."

"There are no words to show how much you appreciate or show the gratitude to how much this actually means to you -- for her," said Nancy Stize, Abigail's mother.

The new home is wheel chair accessible, and the rent is covered for several months. The pantry is stocked.

But that's not all -- a new van was donated to the family as well.

"If this young lady didn't know she was loved, I think she does now," said Coach Kimberly Drake.

The coaches and players say it was amazing to see the teams pull together for Abigail. They say the experience has brought them closer than ever.