Thomasville church to host benefit for Persiani family

Aug. 01, 2013 @ 06:03 PM

The church of a Thomasville woman who was severely injured in a car crash 2½ months ago will host a benefit picnic for her family this weekend.
“Picnic for the Persiani’s,” a fundraiser benefiting the family of Monica Persiani, will be held Saturday, from 4 to 9 p.m., at Mt. Zion Wesleyan Church in Thomasville.
“Monica has always exhibited such tender, compassionate care for others,” said the church’s pastor, the Rev. Dr. Keith Carroll. “This benefit simply provides the opportunity for our community to return the favor to this special family.”
The fundraiser will include live music, a hot dog dinner, a bake sale, a bounce house for children, and a silent auction.
The silent auction features a long list of donated items that will be available for bids, including several vacation property rentals, a 32-inch flat-screen television, a metal carport, tickets to sporting events, autographed sports jerseys, jewelry, furniture and home accessories, fitness club memberships and much more.
Proceeds will be used to help pay the Persiani family’s medical expenses.
Monica was involved in a head-on collision May 21, around 11:30 a.m., at the intersection of Fisher Ferry and Denton roads in Thomasville, as she was headed to pick up her 4-year-old son, Cal, from preschool. Her daughter, 11-month-old Cara, was in the car with her, but fortunately she suffered only some minor bruises.
Monica, however, took the brunt of the impact and sustained much more serious injuries, including compound fractures to her left femur and tibia, a shattered and dislocated elbow, a fractured shoulder blade, and a fractured rib that punctured a lung. She also suffered a laceration to her liver and several facial lacerations that required plastic surgery.
She has undergone three surgeries – two for the compound fractures in her leg, and one on her elbow.
“She’s doing OK now, but it’s a slow process,” said her husband, Adam. “We’ve had follow-ups with the doctors, and the X-rays show that the bones are healing, which we’re very thankful for. She recently started therapy, and that’s moving along OK. To the naked eye, it’s hard to tell how much progress she’s making, but she is — it’s just going to take some time.”
For now, she’s still using a wheelchair to get around — she hasn’t been allowed to put any weight on her left leg — but that’s about to change, Adam said.
“The doctor who operated on her leg has given the order for (the physical therapists) to get her up,” he said. “I’m sure it’ll be baby steps at first, but that’s going to be a huge milestone for her.”
Family, friends, fellow church members and Adam’s co-workers at Clark Consulting in Greensboro have been incredibly supportive — providing meals, helping care for the children, and even building a wheelchair ramp in the Persianis’ front yard. Saturday’s fundraiser at the church is one more example of how supportive everyone has been, Adam said.
“It’s been amazing,” he said. “We’re just so thankful and appreciative for the support we’ve been getting — financial support and emotional support. It’s been tough for us to be on the receiving end of all this, but we’ll definitely be paying it forward one day.”

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“Picnic for the Persiani’s,” a fundraiser benefiting the family of Adam and Monica Persiani, will be held Saturday, from 4 to 9 p.m., at Mt. Zion Wesleyan Church, 222 Mt. Zion Church Road, Thomasville.
The event will include live music; a hot dog dinner (two hot dogs, chips and a drink) beginning at 5 p.m., a silent auction from 4 to 7 p.m.; a bake sale; and a bounce house for children.
A complete list of items available at the silent auction can be found online at www.mtzionwesleyan.com/#/picnic-for-the-persianis.
Tickets for the dinner are $5 per person or $20 per family, and all proceeds will go to the Persiani family to assist with medical expenses.
For more information, call the church at 472-4239.