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Support Grows for Murrieta Girl Seriously Injured in Skateboarding Accident

The community is rallying for recovery for Madison “Maddi” Olson, a 15-year-old Murrieta Valley High School student hospitalized with traumatic head injuries suffered Sunday in San Clemente.

(Screenshot/Prayers 4 Maddi Facebook page)
(Screenshot/Prayers 4 Maddi Facebook page)

The outpouring of support and well wishes for a Murrieta Valley High School student seriously injured in a skateboarding accident continued to grow Tuesday.

The tragedy that has Madison “Maddi” Olson, a 15-year-old sophomore, hospitalized with traumatic head injuries happened on Sunday in San Clemente.

Capt. Steve Concialdi of Orange County Fire Authority said they received a call at 3:01 p.m. Sunday that a female skateboarder was unconscious after falling in the 100 block of Trafalgar Lane, near S. Ola Vista in San Clemente.

Known as “T Street” to those familiar with San Clemente, the road is a steep incline that leads down to the beach.

“We were on scene in three minutes,” Concialdi told Patch. “She was en route to the hospital by 3:11...That is incredibly fast.”

Concialdi said the skateboarder, who was not wearing a helmet, was rushed in serious condition to Mission Regional Trauma Center in Mission Viejo.

Patch has learned that Maddi’s skull was fractured in the fall, which required emergency brain surgery and left her in a drug-induced coma.

A Facebook page was launched Monday, asking for prayers for Maddi. Family members have set up a fundraising campaign on Fundly.com, and are updating journal entries on Caringbridge.org.

Members of the local soccer community are also rallying for her recovery. The girls soccer team at Murrieta Valley High School, where she most recently played, planned to dedicate its home game Tuesday night to Maddi. They asked everyone to wear "surf blue" because it is her favorite color.

A local benefit event to help the family pay for medical expenses is planned for 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12 at The Rogue Restaurant, 41080 California Oaks Road in Murrieta, according to a Facebook event listing. The restaurant—next to Reading Cinemas and Chili’s—was recently opened by her parents, Patch has learned.

Students at Murrieta Valley are also being asked to wear blue when they return to school Jan. 14 after winter break.

“Madison is such a beautiful, lively girl, and she has so much more life left to live,” her sister wrote on Fundly. com. “We won't entertain the notion that she won't win this fight.”

Just my opinion January 07, 2014 at 10:45 PM
I will pray for this young lady's full recovery and for her concerned family. These types of tragic accidents remind us that everyone who skateboards (especially on hills) must wear helmets. We have to spread the word that helmits are cool, make them more desirable to wear, and have all our skaters put them on. They save lives and brains from injuries like this. No one ever thinks this will happen to them but these accidents do happen. All skaters and retailers who sell skateboards need to encourage everybody to wear head protection so we don't have these horrendous tragedies unfold. I wish her and her family the best and I hope everyone sees this accident as one more reason to put those helmets on.
John Smith January 07, 2014 at 11:38 PM
I will have this girl in my prayers.Both my kids skateboard and i talked to them today about wearing their helmets.
Jenna Timmons January 08, 2014 at 12:04 AM
Brenda .. I hope Maddi's parents don't come across your post. just pray for the girl and stop preaching. ..tragic accidents happen. And I'm sure she was only out to have fun, not prove anything or show off.
Local Resident January 08, 2014 at 12:45 AM
Jenna ditto. No further comment needed.
Nicole Olson January 08, 2014 at 01:03 AM
Brenda, Your choice of words are callous and more critical than compassionate. I personally find you offensive. Please refrain from commenting any further about my daughter. Accidents happen & you know nothing of the details, my daughter, her ability or skill levels. I know professional athletes that you claim to speak for and no one laughs at others. A true advocate of the sport would not ridicule someone for not wearing a helmet, they would instead encourage them to wear them. Your opinion is not wanted on this subject. You clearly lack compassion or tact. My daughter is clinging onto life and you have the audacity to be this insensitive to our situation. People like you are why society is falling apart. Shame on you. - Jason E. Olson
PTNurseFTMom January 08, 2014 at 01:14 AM
Jason, I just realized that Maddi is your daughter.....I am so sorry! You have always been there for me and my insurance needs, please know, we are praying for her and keeping you all in our thoughts. Disregard Brenda, she is a IDIOT!....
MonaRoloson January 08, 2014 at 01:18 AM
We continue to pray for Maddi. Keep strong Jasen.
Sally O'Shea January 08, 2014 at 03:53 AM
I will add Maddi to my prayer chain, and I am hoping for the best possible outcome. Sending positive thoughts to all of Maddi's loved ones.
Christy Jarrett January 08, 2014 at 04:30 AM
Olson Family, my family here in Kansas are praying for Maddi's recovery. God Bless you.
Kathleen Smith January 08, 2014 at 11:04 AM
I just want to encourage everyone to wrap their arms around this family and especially Maddi who is an incredible young woman. When we lived in Murrieta, my husband was often deployed with the USMC. This family supported my daughter Lauren with such love and grace -- all centered around the soccer field. The Smith family is praying hard....
John J. Smith January 08, 2014 at 11:31 AM
Some of you are missing the point here. This forum is about free speech. If you don't like what is being said that's fine, but don't belittle people for speaking their mind. This unfortunate incident could have been avoided by utilizing proper protective gear (helmet). This is like a person driving without using a seat belt. All that said, I sincerely wish this young girl a speedy recovery.
Light Load January 08, 2014 at 12:57 PM
Pray works..... please everyone stop..... Dear God, our heavenly Father, please hear our prayer, we ask you Father in the name of your Son and Our savior Jesus Christ..... we ask that you Father, please lay your healing hands on the broken body of Maddi Olson and that you wrap your loving arms around her family Lord, including our wonderful community and her Maddi's friends, family and supporters..... dear Lord we know that with You everything will be Gods will, and we ask that you reach into your miracle pocket and find Maddi's miracle. ... you did not take her on Sunday and we know she has so much to do and give, she is a strong, bright young lady with so much to share and give, so we ask you again to guide the hands of the doctors and professionals and to help do everything to bring little Maddi back to our community..... in Jesus name we pray..... Amen.... I would like to suggest that the energy above be spent in constant prayer.... and fund raising, donating or even just to take a moment and hug your children. GOD bless the community and especially Maddi and her family.......
SA January 08, 2014 at 01:50 PM
As a kid a wrecked out many times charging down Jamboree on my skate; even cracking my egg open. To this day, my parents will bring that incident up as it was traumatic for them. In saying that I have a feeling the Olson family will come out on top as “Maddi” seems to have a strong will with a glowing heart which vastly helps in healing. Stay Positive…
Fez January 08, 2014 at 02:22 PM
There is no guarantee that a helmet would have absolutely prevented the injury. That is water under the bridge. This beautiful young girl deserves everyone's prayers and positive thoughts to help in her healing. For those of you who have true faith in God, there is nobody more powerful than Him. My family and I pray for her to have a healthy recover. No reason for anyone to pass judgement on the could have....should haves....and would haves.....it serves no purpose for Maddi or her family. They need prayer, love, support, and positive thoughts. To the Olson family we pray for you to continue having strength, faith, and know that God and his angels are watching over Maddi. Stay strong....Maddi and your entire family are in prayer.
Lisa Seville January 08, 2014 at 03:24 PM
Extending my thoughts and prayers for Maddi and her family. XoXo
Light Load January 08, 2014 at 06:04 PM
To Maddi's parents Jason and Nicole, I have personally been thru a similar accident.... you are in our thoughts and prayers and when Maddi will comes home ..... I have a hospital bed that I would like to give to you, so that when Maddie comes home it will make things easier for all of you, my # is 951-704-3847.... you can text or call me and we will deliver it and set it up for you.... God Bless
Dwight Broeman January 08, 2014 at 07:35 PM
Jason and Nicole, if you need anything..we are a mile from the hospital. My wife and I can bring you food or anything that you need. Or you can come here to the house for down time. Feel free to use our home to shower, sleep or whatever you need. Dwight Broeman on Facebook or: 949-374-3178 mobile. Maddi is in our prayers big time. D-
Tricia McCoy January 08, 2014 at 11:41 PM
Jason .. our prayers and positive thoughts are being sent your way for Maddi and your family, stay strong and believe that she is truly loved and all that know her and love her will continue to send every positive thought available to her and your family. May God and all the angels continue to watch over her and her loved ones. Love to you all
cindy viglione January 09, 2014 at 11:16 AM
Jason, Gus & I are praying for Maddi and all of her family. So very sorry to hear of this. Miracles do happen....
Mary Rothschild January 11, 2014 at 09:57 AM
I am so sorry to hear about Madison. I drove upon the accident and stopped to help, what little we could do. I was very concern about the young woman and have been trying to find some information on her condition. I will keep Madison and your family in my thoughts and prayers for healing. I am glad to see such an outpouring of support from the community for Madison and your family. I just want to say that the two young men with Madison that day were quick thinking and knew to get help right away.
Light Load January 12, 2014 at 12:24 AM
Constant prayer keeps Maddi in our Lord's right hand.... Please pray this prayer: Dear Lord our Father, once again we ask you to continue to heal Maddi while you have her in your loving and healing arms, we wait dear Lord while we know that your timing is your will...we pray Lord not that you rush her healing but we ask Lord for her complete healing, complete is requesting that she return to her family, friends and entire community and that she shine as bright as she always has.... Lord as you shine in the light of this tragic accident and you surround Maddi's support system you have many eyes watching you and I know Father in Heaven that you will show your audience a miracle, that is only possible thru your son Jesus Christ, in his name we pray.... amen
Katie 0311 January 21, 2014 at 02:20 PM
What a terrible tragedy! I will be praying for this young girl and her family.

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