Community follows Sharon woman's recovery on Facebook

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Dan Plutchak | January 16, 2016

DELAVAN -- An outpouring of support for a Sharon woman seriously injured in a car crash earlier this month has gained strength through widely shared Facebook posts chronicling her recovery.

Kaitlyn Vegter, 20, of Sharon, was in a serious crash Jan. 7 when the car she was driving hit a payloader tractor, according to her cousin, Ryan Vegter.

Kaitlyn was rushed to Mercy Hospital in Janesville and later transferred by helicopter to UW-Madison Hospital.

She has undergone multiple surgeries, including brain surgeries and had been heavily sedated until last Friday.

A fundraiser, organized by Jen Van Dyke Cesarz,is planned for 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at Hernandez El Sarape Restaurant located at 212 S. Seventh St. in Delavan.

A fundraising page also has been set up at to help pay for mounting medical costs.
Other fundraisers include March 5 at Premier Tennis & Fitness and another, Bowling for Katiecakes, in April.

Kaitlyn's parents, Eugene and Lisa, have remained at her side during her slow recovery.

Family members have posted regular updates daily to Facebook, providing an day-by-day look at Kaitlyn's progress.
The community has rallied behind Kaitlyn in many ways over the past few weeks, supporting her with prayers, prayer services, finances and other types of gifts.

Sue Olson organized a gift basket drive and sent them to the family, according to Ryan Vegter.

Many have shown their support by attending Kaitlyn's brother David's bone marrow drive last week at Delavan-Darien High School.
DDHS senior Jailyn Schroeder organized a lunchtime bake sale at the school and pass-the-hat fundraiser at a recent DDHS basketball game, according to the school district. In just three days she raised more than $2,000 to support Kaitlyn and her family.

Kaitlyn, a Delavan-Darien High School graduate who attended Delavan Christian School, currently is in the neuro-ICU at UW Hospital in Madison, and her condition has been improving, according to Ryan Vegter.

The prayer is that Kaitlyn continues to heal each day. There is still so much that people can do to help, according to family members.

They can send their well wishes, donate and they can pray.

For updates, search PrayForKaitlyn on Facebook.

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