Benefit planned for Homer girl injured in boating accident

HOMER, N.Y. — A benefit has been planned to raise money for the medical bills and future accommodations of an 8-year-old Homer girl who was severely injured in a boating accident last week on Skaneatles Lake.

A Facebook group called Kaelynne's Army has organized a benefit that will take place Saturday, August 13, at the American Legion at 212 Tompkins Street. The benefit will include a raffle, food, live music, face painting and other activities. More than 200 people have RSVP'd to the event on Facebook.


Kaelynne Driscoll. Photo courtesy of Kaelynne's Army.

Kaelynne Driscoll. Photo courtesy of Kaelynne's Army.

Kaelynne and her father, Chirstopher Driscoll, were tubing on the lake Wednesday when their tube hit a wake and ejected the pair into the water. As the boat that was towing them circled around, the boat's propellers struck Chris and Kaelynne, according to the Onondaga County Sheriff's Office.

Kaelynne Driscoll lost an arm and a leg and suffered severe head trauma in the accident. Her father suffered less severe injuries and is expected to make a full recovery.

Kaelynne remains in critical condition at Upstate Medical University, according to a hospital official. Her father is expected to be released from the hospital later this week.

A GoFundMe page for Kaelynne has raised more than $20,000 since Wednesday.