Dancers Help One of Their Own

DANVILLE -- Dozens of kids and teens take classes at Karen Gronsky School of Dance in Danville. Some students, like Athena Zellers, spend a lot of time here.

"She has this personality, this spark," Karen Gronsky said.

The 8 year old from Northumberland is usually there five days a week.

"And she's here for the last five years in her eight young years," Gronsky said.

On October 1, Gronsky took her dancers on a trip to New York City.

"The picture perfect, sunny, beautiful day," Gronsky said.

Until the ride home. Athena was in the car with her parents when they hit a divot in the road. The car flipped and went down an embankment. Athena was flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital.

"Literally fought for her life for a few days," Gronsky said.

Athena had a skull fracture and was put in a medically induced coma. After about a week she started to improve.

"They took her off the ventilator. She was breathing on her own," Gronsky said.

Gronsky put a prayer chain on Facebook and had around 2,000 dance schools around the country praying for Athena. Gronsky and some of the dance moms put together a GoFundMe page to help the family. It's already at $14,000. The school is hosting a dance marathon next weekend to raise money.

"We're doing a little lyrical dance for her," Noelle Steinbauer said.

Athena's friends are happy she's doing better.

Gronsky says Athena will come home from the hospital soon.

"It's going to be a long road, but I want to say she's got this. She's got this," Gronsky said.

If you want to check out Athena's GoFundMe page, click here.

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