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Bay Area Athletic Club reaches out to struggling community member, fundraiser on Saturday

While on her way back from getting a tattoo to honor her recently passed brother, Monique Kelley was paralyzed in a car crash. Now, her cousin and Bay Area Athletic Club are holding a fundraiser to help. (Photo via GoFundMe)

COOS BAY, Ore. -- An athletic club in Coos Bay lending a helping hand to member who has suffered a string of bad luck.

Kimberley Belisle and her family have been though a lot in the past two months.

Her cousin Kevin was killed in a motorcycle accident in December.

Soon after, the family was hit with another tragedy.

"As hard as that was to get through in December, then in early January, his sister (Monique), who was coming home from getting a tattoo memorial of Kevin...she hit black ice and rolled her car...and it made her paralyzed," said Belisle.

Belisle has been attending the "Group Power" class at Bay Area Athletic Club since 2009.

"It is just such a great class; it was everything in one hour."

When Bay Area Athletic Club heard about what the family was going through, they combined their 10-year anniversary celebration of the fitness class with a fundraising raffle.

"She has become one of our family friends here at the gym," said the club's manager, Lisa Cook. "She approached me and let me know about the things that were going on with her family, so we as a community wanted to pull together as a gym family and try to help her out and raise some funds to help that family in need right now."

"I love this community," Belisle said about the group rallying around a cause to lift each other up in hard times. "People really come together for people here."

The fundraiser is this Saturday, January 27, at 9 a.m. at Bay Area Athletic Club on Newmark Ave. in Coos Bay.

You can also contribute online at the Monique Kelley Recovery Fund on GoFundMe.

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