Courtney Russum

The Gotta Have Faye-th Foundation would like to introduce our 2019 Sponsor, Courtney Russum of Millsboro, DE.

On March 26 th , 2018 Courtney was on her way home from a Philadelphia 76’ers game asleep in the passenger seat when the driver lost control of the vehicle, hitting 2 trees only 5 minutes from her home. She was trapped in the vehicle for 20 minutes while emergency personal worked to free her, before immediately being transported to Beebe hospital and airlifted to the Christiana Hospital Trauma Unit.  After 10 days in the ICU, she was transferred for regular monitoring for an additional 18 days at Christiana. Courtney was then relocated to Bryan Mawr for a month long rehabilitation stay.

Courtney’s injuries are extensive as she continues her rehabilitation with Speech, Physical and Occupational Therapy multiple times a week. These injuries include, brain hemorrhaging & Injury, vocal Cord paralysis, degloving and debridement of her left foot along with multiple facial fractures. In recent months, Courtney has completed bone implants for her mouth and is in consultation for additional reconstruction. Her left leg is not recovering as rapidly as the orthopedic surgeon would like and had the placement hardware removed for further evaluation. Through this ordeal, Courtney remains unable to drive, work or enjoy her pre-accident hobbies.

In a split second, Courtney’s life has been altered forever. Before the accident she was not only a dedicated college student working toward admittance to a Dental Hygienist Program, but a member of a competitive dance team and an active volunteer in the children’s program at Solid Ground Community Church. She also worked as a waitress, hostess and dance teacher. A once extremely active individual, Courtney’s recover goal is simple; to walk unassisted and gain full mobility of her right side which currently suffers from hemiparesis.

Please consider supporting Courtney Russum and her family at our annual Gotta Have Faye-th 5K where all proceeds will be donated to Courtney’s on-going recovery costs.