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Sentiment Widening for Injured Girl

Port Washington continues to send outpouring of prayers.

An outpouring of prayers from well-wishers continues to grow for a young girl who was injured in a sledding accident.

According to Nassau County Police, at 2:23 p.m. Sunday, the girl, while sledding at Plandome Country Club, collided with a tree. She experienced head trauma and was transported to a local hospital in serious condition. Currently she is in a medically induced coma, but doctors are optimistic about a recovery.

Early Monday morning the hashtag #Pray4Sydney was created and is gaining traction on both Twitter and Facebook. While family and friends are following on social media, friends of friends are also chiming in online, saying, “I don’t know this little girl, but please say a prayer for her.”

Members of St. Peters, Community Synagogue, St. Stephens and Reconstructionist Synagogue of the North Shore, are joining in prayer for her recovery and thoughts for her family. And on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m., Om Sweet Om is holding a prayer circle for the child.

Word is now getting out to wear any combination of Sydney's favorite colors, light blue and purple, on Wednesday, to keep the good sentiments growing. 

The community outpouring of support does not surprise family friend Kelly Dennis, who says Sydney's parents have long been "an incredible resource to Port Washington," whether through PYA or co-ordinating meal delivery service to an ailing friend. 

"They are extremely open and have been here for everyone," Dennis said.

Another girl was also injured in the incident, and suffered an injury to the back of her head and is at a local hospital where she is fairing well. At the Port Washington Police Commissioner meeting on Tuesday morning, Commissioner Dave Franklin asked the community to keep both girls in their prayers. 

On Patch, readers are also expressing their support, including this note, “prayers from our family to theirs...strength, health and healing.”

Robert J. Pape, Jr. February 12, 2013 at 06:10 PM
Our strength together and our prayers together. We are Port Washington.
Jennifer February 12, 2013 at 07:36 PM
It's so extraordinary to live in a community that shows an incredible amount of support in times like this. Our prayers and thoughts continue to be with the families.
Mark Bender February 12, 2013 at 09:44 PM
Sure happy to read that the doctors are optimistic.
Diane andersen February 12, 2013 at 10:37 PM
Our prayers and faith and well wishess to the two little girls and their families.
Maritza Piedrahita February 13, 2013 at 01:48 AM
God bless Sydney! Our prayers and well wishes to the 2 angels and with their families!
Leo Asher February 13, 2013 at 01:53 AM
Prayers and want to wish both sets of parents we hope for the absolute best
L. Monje February 13, 2013 at 06:06 AM
May God give the two little girls' families the strength to endure the pain of seeing one of their angels going through such a traumatic moment. May all our prayers be heard and that the best outcome for the two girls be what family and friends pray for come through. I live on the other side of the Atlantic and have two kids myself. I can't even begin to understand what the girl's parents may be going through. My healing love is sent to both families. Today Wednesday I will be wearing purple for Sydney.
Dave Franklin February 13, 2013 at 06:43 AM
You are correct, Jennifer. One of the things I love about this town is the sense of community, caring and sharing. We are there for each other. We are all in this together.
ken February 13, 2013 at 01:09 PM
Can you please provide information about the other girl? Its first that I am hearing of this since tracking this Monday. The support has nothing to do with a family being active in the community but when one of us is in need it's not about their past involvement in the community or the severity of the need. My heart ache for both of them and I wish them both a speedy recovery.
Mark Spier February 13, 2013 at 05:06 PM
The other girl is recovering. She is scheduled to leave the hospital today.
Kathy Carroll February 20, 2013 at 12:34 AM
Having grown up in Port Washington, gone Sledding at Plandome CC I know all to well. While it has been 36 years since I left Port, and 23 years since I left NY I am so glad to hear that Port is still the same caring community I grew up in way in "the old days of the late 50's and all of the 60s."
Erin McDonough February 22, 2013 at 03:41 PM
I just want to say that I honestly cannot believe how huge of a turnout this day had! I don't want any credit, but I do want to tell my story... On Tuesday I came up with the idea to ask Sydney's oldest brother what her favorite colors are. I wanted to get a group of friends to wear the colors. I hoped that maybe I could get my grade to participate, I had the ultimate goal of my whole school participating! So I posted as my status on Facebook to wear the two colors. When I looked back on Facebook about an hour after that post, I read more posts just like mine. As the day went on, I read more & more statuses like mine, so I decide to make a Facebook "event". W/ the help of my family & friends over 2,000 people were "invited" to this event, & over 500 people would "attend". The event grew to so much more than I could have ever imagined! I saw pictures on Wednesday of people from Texas & California wearing their light blue & purple for Sydney! I found out later on that people in Australia had even heard about the colors & was wearing them! It is absolutely amazing how social media works these days, sometimes bad... But every once in a while something good like this comes out of social media & I think "where would we be w/out it?" Thank you to everyone who participated by wearing light blue & purple on Wednesday, & to everyone who has their purple & light blue ribbons flying on their homes or cars!!! I realize this day would not have been successful w/out all of you!!!!!
Jeff Carswell March 02, 2013 at 05:51 PM
I don't want to sound disrespectful, and I hope for a speedy recovering for Sydney, but I think the money that is being spent on t-shirts and ribbons can be spent on a better cause, like spreading awareness of helmet use while sledding and biking to prevent another incident similar to this.

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