Concert benefits Autism Speaks, McTiers
A concert in Carrollton will assist the McTier family as son Mitchell recovers from a Colorado skiing accident.
The ladies of Alpha Xi Delta and the gentlemen of Chi Phi from the University of West Georgia are hosting a benefit concert Saturday, April 5, from 4 - 7 p.m. at The AMP at Adamson Square in Carrollton.
Tickets are $7, and all proceeds will benefit charity Autism Speak, as well as the McTier family. Alpha Xi Delta has nationally raised more than two million dollars for Autism Speaks with local chapters helping to raise autism awareness by participating and hosting in various philanthropy events.
“This year's concert will be even more meaningful to the surrounding community as we not only raise awareness for Autism Speaks, but gather together to support a wonderful family who's son, Mitchell is an active member of the Alpha Zeta Chapter of Chi Phi and was in a serious skiing accident just a few weeks ago,” said Rebecca Gore, one of the concert organizers.
Mitchell McTier is back in Georgia and on the mend, according to his family.
He arrived home in Georgia March 27 after a 10-day recovery in a Denver hospital following a skiing accident on March 15. The family left Denver and arrived at Gwinnett County Airport where Mitchell was taken by ambulance to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta.
Upon arriving at the Shepherd Center, Mitchell hit the ground running with his rehabilitation. Mitchell spent early Friday in occupational therapy – showering, brushing his teeth and getting dressed before starting physical therapy in the afternoon where he was able to climb stairs on his own.
“The doctors can’t believe how well he’s doing in relation to the severity of his skull fracture,” said his mother, Jennifer.
“The right side of his face isn’t moving yet but he can feel it,” Jennifer said. “The paralysis could be a pinched nerve in the skull fracture.”
Doctors have placed Mitchell on steroids, hoping to alleviate swelling and possibly losing the facial paralysis.
While he was recovering in Colorado, the first responders of the Keystone Ski Patrol visited Mitchell.
“They flat out told him that they honestly didn’t think he would make it off the mountain,” Jennifer said. “They just had to come and see this miracle for themselves.”
The McTiers’ daughter Madeline died in September 2012 after a battle with cancer. She had undergone surgery in March 2012 to remove a golf ball-sized tumor at the base of her brain. Friends and family remembered the East Coweta High School cheerleader as “an amazing spirit” for her 17 years.
Jennifer McTier said she’s been overwhelmed by the amount of support she’s received since her son’s accident. “We’ve been through so much but we just keep fighting,” Jennifer McTier said from Denver. “You know, we have our faith and it will never falter. I know there’s a reason and that’s what I cling to.”