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Benefit planned Saturday for teen paralyzed in traumatic car accident

A benefit will be held for 18-year-old Mackenzie Rae Jarve of Kettle River Saturday, Oct. 21, at Bricks Pub and Grub in Wrenshall. From 2 p.m. to close, a spaghetti fundraiser for $10 a plate along with a silent auction and bean bag tournament will help raise funds to defray the expenses incurred from a traumatic car accident. Music will be provided by Guiding Light Entertainment.

On Monday, Aug. 7, around 10:30 p.m., Jarve was a passenger in a vehicle on County Road 6 outside of Barnum in Carlton County when her boyfriend’s vehicle slammed into the back of a stalled truck in their driving lane. The accident resulted in a life-altering severe neck and spinal cord injury and Jarve has been diagnosed as quadriplegic. After extensive hospital stays, Jarve is now home with her family in Kettle River.

“She has kept us all strong, she is an amazingly positive person,” said Tonya Simcox, Mackenzie’s mom. Even after insurance, her medical expenses have become quite costly. Jarve’s parents both have full-time jobs; however, they need to be at their daughter’s side along with taking care of their two other younger children, and their house will have to be remodeled to accommodate Jarve’s chair and other assistive devices.

If you are unable to attend, a Go Fund Me site has been established for donations: