Organization helps injured alum

By Emily Cedargren

When something as terrible as a debilitating car crash threatens to wreck someone’s life, there is an organization to make it right again.

The organization Right As Rain sells crafts and arts to help cover costs for those facing an unexpected crisis.

The program is currently working with Chelsea Meythaler, a  2002 UK graduate and survivor of a car accident that left her paralyzed from the chest down.

“Stories like Chelsea’s accident are difficult to hear without wanting to help, but when I heard the kind of person Chelsea was, then I wanted to get the rest of the world to help her too,” Right as Rain founder Sarah Dale Olvera said.

Olvera said Meythaler’s attitude made her the one.

“She was the first one in the gym in the morning and the last one to leave at the rehabilitation facility,” Chelsea Meythaler’s stepmother Pam Meythaler said. “Her nickname there was “Den Mother” because she was always encouraging the other patients and lifting them up so they could do their best.”

The money she receives  will go toward paying for equipment that will allow Meythaler to do the things she loves or to help her walk again.

Some of the crafts donated to benefit Meythaler are from friends and locals. Others are from professionals, including Donna DeMari, the first female photographer for the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.

“Can you imagine doing that for someone, just by buying some cards or jewelry?” said Olvera. “It’s pretty cool what a whole lot of wonderful people can do together.”