SARASOTA (FOX 13) - More than a hundred parents and classmates gathered Thursday to support Booker High student Isabella Smith.
“It’s amazing to think that 23 days ago I was having surgery,” she said.
May 22 is a day she’ll never forget. During a routine dance rehearsal, the 17-year-old was accidentally kicked in the head and wound up in the hospital.
“We all thought it was a minor concussion, then like 15 minutes later like 10 people were rushing into my room,” she said.
She suffered a traumatic brain injury.
Thursday, friends and classmates organized a benefit concert to help her family with the rising medical costs.
Isabella’s father was also just diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. In a special moment that no one saw coming, Isabella took the stage to sing for her father -- the first time since her accident.
“It is reliving that second chance to pursue what you love. It’s all very overwhelming,” she said. “If I can take away anything from this, it’s to live each day to the fullest. You just really never know what can happen.”
The benefit raised more than $5,000.