Haylee Alexander, 15, suffered a traumatic brain injury during cheer practice in Plano earlier this week.
PLANO, Texas – The Prosper Community now circles support for a 15-year-old high school student in intensive care after a sudden cheering accident earlier this week.
According to her family, Haylee Alexander was rushed to Medical City Plano Monday night following an accident at her competition cheering studio.
Alexander’s family told WFAA that the teen suffered traumatic brain injury.
On Friday night, friends, family and the North Texas cheer community held a prayer vigil outside Alexander’s hospital room.
Many wore Alexander’s favorite colors: pink and turquoise.
The family has adopted the hashtag #HayleeStrong and encourages anyone supporting their daughter’s recovery to use it.
In just a few days, t-shirt sales with #HayleeStrong written on the front raised more than $25,000 for the family.
The proceeds go to the family to help pay for medical expenses.
If you want to buy one, you can go here
Mallory Roberts came to the vigil with her daughter Reagan.
The Roberts family lives a few doors down from Haylee and her family.
Roberts is close friends with Alexander’s mother – while Reagan is close friends with Haylee himself.
“I take her to school every morning,” Reagan Roberts said. “We are very close and she is always there for you no matter what. It’s all really shocking and I almost don’t believe it.”
The two described Alexander as a “cheerlebrity” – and said the teenager became the 2021 World Champion and Grand National Champion of Worlds with Cheer Athletics.
“It’s every parent’s nightmare,” Mallory Roberts said. “To get a call that your child has been injured in a sport they are so passionate about – it’s difficult. It was really difficult for us and I know it was for her family too.”
“When you’re in a room and it’s dark — she walks in and it just lights up. She’s so full of life,” Roberts continued.
For much of the Prosper cheering community, Alexander’s injury feels like déjà vu.
In September last year, Makayla Noble was paralyzed in a fall accident.
However, she overcame so many obstacles and made her upper body functional again.
Noble made sure he was at the vigil on Friday night.
Family friend Tatum Curry said it was an emotional gathering outside of Alexander’s hospital room. The teenager’s 16th birthday is also approaching.
But – she added that it was the right thing to do as her family faces a difficult road.
“It’s the right thing to be so close to her tonight — and her parents,” Curry said.
“We ask everyone – if you think of her, then pray. when you go to sleep pray Say a prayer when you wake up.
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