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On Friday, Feb. 1, sophomore Alison Owen was involved in a car accident. After hitting two trees, Owen was taken to Mercy Hospital and then transferred to Children’s Hospital. She suffered from a brain hemorrhage, a broken vertebrae, bruised lungs and has fluid on her abdomen.

Doctors have asked friends of Owen’s to restrain from visiting her as they wish to give her body time to heal.

In order to provide a place to share thoughts, encouragement and updates, Owen’s mother created a profile for her story on Caring Bridge. Those interested in leaving Owen a message and learning more about her condition, may download the free application to their phones (Patient name: alisonowen).

Students, friends and family may also access Owen’s page via: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/alisonowen.

Principal Jeremy Mitchell encouraged students on Monday morning to leave messages and write get-well cards. These cards or letters may be addressed to Owen and sent to St. Louis Children’s Hospital, 1 Children’s Place, St. Louis, MO 63110.

In efforts to show their support and love for Owen, her friends have taken to tweeting #Hope4Ali. In addition, several of Owen’s friends met Monday morning, Feb. 4, to create a sign outside of West that reads “Hope 4 Ali O.” Students wore light blue on Monday to show their support and planned to wear backwards hats on Tuesday.

“The students of Parkway West, whether they know Ali or not, have undoubtedly shown their support and love for Alison. Keep Ali, and those affected, in your thoughts and send her a message or letter,” sophomore Stephanie Quoss said.

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