Artists and performers are joining together today for Aspen High School student Mackenzie Langley, who was severely injured in a car accident June 23.
The benefit for 16-year-old Langley will be held at 7 p.m. at Crossroads Church of Aspen. It is not a church event and is open to anyone who wants to support the cause. Tickets can be purchased at the Wheeler Opera House.
Her father, Bob Langley, said doctors have told them that she is paralyzed from the chest down, but they are hoping and praying she’ll regain the use of her legs.
“She’s young. She’s athletic. She’s competitive. She’s a real fighter,” Bob Langley said of his daughter, who plays soccer and hockey. “The good Lord has already given her all the gifts she needs to be able to walk again, and if we need a miracle, we’re working on that end, as well.”
Mackenzie Langley was a passenger in a vehicle that rolled over and crashed at 1:15 a.m. June 23 off Castle Creek Road near the Aspen Music Festival and School campus. The driver and another passenger were wearing seat belts and suffered minor injuries, according to the Colorado State Patrol. Langley was not wearing a seat belt. Friends said she suffered severe injuries to her jaw and her back.
Excessive speed is believed to be the cause of the crash, the State Patrol said.
Langley is recovering at the Craig Hospital in Englewood, where she’s enjoyed many visitors. Doctors anticipate a full mental recovery, which Bob Langley said she is nearing, and she is to remain at the hospital until at least September.
Within a week of the accident, friends raised $2,500 during a car wash at the Aspen Fire Station to help her with medical bills. Bob Langley said the family has been relatively hands-off with fundraising events.
“It has allowed us to spend all of our time with our daughter, and we’re just incredibly grateful for that,” he said. “Everybody’s stepped up. It’s a very humbling experience because of the outpouring and support from the community.
“Just our gratitude to the community for their overarching concern and love for her and her love for the community,” Bob Langley said. “She’s so grateful for all the prayers that people have been saying. We all are.”
Entertainer Ted Davis is producing tonight’s event, which will feature players from the Glenwood Vaudeville Revue and banjo player Peter Mezoian, who is playing with a six-piece orchestra. Davis said he recognized the Langleys’ financial burden and said, “Well, let me see if I can put together a fundraising show.”