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Pineda slowly improving as fundraisers develop

Plans are ongoing for one fundraiser next month to benefit Heidi Pineda, the Emporia woman badly hurt in a fatality accident in Texas last week, and plans are being outlined for a second fundraiser later this month.

Pineda was hurt in a rollover accident that killed her mother, Lidia Morales-Medrano, and her brother, Fredy Urgell, near Ballinger, Texas. On KVOE's Morning Show on Wednesday, family friend and fundraiser organizer Dale Baker said the family was a friend to everybody.

Pineda is improving, albeit slowly -- opening her eyes Tuesday for the first time since the wreck. She is currently receiving care at a hospital in San Angelo, Texas, according to Great Clips employee Ruth Brush, and the goal is to move her to Dallas for brain surgery and related treatments.

Pineda works at Great Clips, 2326 Industrial, and staffers at the Emporia location are donating all the proceeds from their services July 26-27 to help her medical expenses. Great Clips CEO Rhoda Olsen has also donated to help. Call 340-0880 for information.

Baker's family is organizing a charity baseball game among Urgell's friends to raise money for Pineda. The game is 1 pm Aug. 3 at Soden's Grove and will also include sales of hot dogs, T-shirts and bracelets and the chance to win various items for suggested donations. The Sertoma Club will also run its miniature train for Pineda. Call Baker at 794-0063 for information or drop off donations at Triad Leasing, 1123 Commercial.

For information, go online to www.giveforward.com and search for "Heidi's Recovery Fund."

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