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Strangers come together to help raise money for toddler's rising medical bills

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People from around the region came together once again in the name of Katie Barkley to help raise money for her medical bills.

This toddler has been defeating the odds, one mile stone at a time after an icy crash in February left Katie Barkley with brain and spinal injuries.

While doctors believed she'd never move again, with physical therapy, she did.

But with all of the medical help, her family is drowning in medical bills topping 2 million dollars and the little girl is still a long way from regaining what she had.

"She's still got occupational therapy, physical therapy, as well as speech therapy," said Katie's Grandmother, Glyndora Condon.

Condon says they're facing a mountain as each medical bill piles on top of the next one.

"It's devastating when you open up one bill and it's over $200,000 and the other bills are between $30,000 and $40,000 thousand, very little do we see a 2 or 3 thousand dollar one," said Condon.

While the numbers are staring them in the face, she says they're trusting in God to get them through it, and adds the support they've seen from nearby communities has been a big help too.

"God has a purpose for Katie otherwise she wouldn't be going through all of this and we wouldn't be getting all of the responses we're getting from 5 continents of people who are praying for Katie," said Condon.

Those same people, never knowing Katie before the accident, are throwing benefits in her honor to help relieve the stress.

"They may be bringing in $200 or they may be bringing in $1,400 and that's helpful," said Condon.

That is allowing the family to focus on Katie's progress.

"We didn't know if she would ever speak or if she could even think before and now she's back up to her two and half year old intellect which is awesome," said Condon.

At this time Katie is waiting on a physical therapist to be able to continue to work with her on getting the right side of her body moving again in hopes to regain full strength.

If you were unable to make it out to the benefit but would still like to help, you can click here to donate.

To follow with Katie's progress, click here.

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