The very first people to show up to the hospital on the night my sister (Corrie) coded were a couple of my other sister's (Katherine's) friends/suitemates from High Point University. After receiving the call that Corrie's heart had stopped beating and she was rushed to ICU, these girls hopped in a car and drove for more than an hour to be with my family. They sat with us during the emotional roller coaster that followed that evening as doctors tried to determined exactly what happened, if emergency surgery was necessary, if there was any permanent damage, etc. They hugged us and cried with us (and raided vending machines for us). Most of all, they were simply there. Their presence meant we were not physically alone in that bleak family consultation room and reminded us of the overwhelming support from such a large community who loved Corrie and my family.
But they didn't stop there. They wanted to do more, and after returning to High Point University, they began brainstorming ideas to do just that.
While Corrie was recovering in ICU, Katherine's friends started planning Corrie's Riff Off, an a cappella competition/fundraiser to cover some of Corrie's medical bills as well as a night for the community to come together and celebrate Corrie. The event is scheduled for next Saturday, January 25, at the Hayworth Fine Arts Center on the campus of High Point University. Currently, a cappella groups from Appalachian State University, High Point University, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) are scheduled to perform... and we would love for you to come!
If you like music (particularly a cappella... swoon!) and/or you like Corrie, here is the best way to get tickets for the event:
- Click HERE to go to the Corrie's Riff Off Fundly page.
- Click the "Make a Donation" button in the right-hand sidebar.
- Fill out your information in the box that appears and make a donation of $7 per ticket you wish to purchase.
- In the box that says "Add A Message To Your Donation," type "TICKETS." (Please specify how many tickets, especially if your donation exceeds the $7 per ticket minimum.)
That's it! Your tickets will be waiting for you at the Hayworth Fine Arts Center when you arrive on January 25.
While we would love for everyone who has supported our family on this journey to be able to attend Corrie's Riff Off, we know that many of you are scattered throughout the country and can't travel to High Point for the weekend. If you still want to get involved, you can make a donation here.
A quick update on Corrie (because I know you're all going to ask!): As of today, my 18-year-old sister has spent 77 of the past 152 days in the hospital with a diagnosis of ulcerative colitis – a disease that affects the colon. (Read more here about her first two hospital stays – a combined 66 days that resulted in major surgery to remove her colon and a pulmonary embolism that caused her to have a heart attack). After her grand return to Winston-Salem at the end of October, she was readmitted to the hospital (her third stay) from December 29 through January 8.
Corrie is currently at home and recovering well, but at this point, we are waiting to see if the complications that triggered her most recent hospital trip were related to complications from the initial surgery to remove her colon or the result of a slightly-different diagnosis. She has follow-up appointments in the upcoming week with the hospital in Winston-Salem and the hospital in Chapel Hill, but it will take a while before we know anything conclusive and how it affects the additional surger(y/ies) scheduled for this year.
Thanks so much for thinking of her and my family during this time. We are so excited about Corrie's Riff Off and hope to see all of you there!