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Cheerleaders injured in crash getting help from community

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CLARKSVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Community members are rallying behind two cheerleaders as they recover from a devastating car accident in May.

The two cheerleaders, Kylie Eastin, 17, and Ashley Travis, 15, from Montgomery Central High School, were injured after an accused drunk driver slammed into their car.

Now their friends, family and even strangers are working to make sure both girls are cared for.

A recent carnival fundraiser helped raise money for Eastin and Travis.

"When you need someone, need people, they step up for you. It's great to have them behind me and supporting us," said Eastin.

Eastin was released from the hospital a few days after the wreck, but Travis is still hospitalized at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville.

"She's strong, still fighting. All this support, her parents and siblings appreciate it. We have faith she'll be able to pull through," said junior varsity cheerleading coach Paige Walker.

The community wants to help with medical bills, and this is not their only way of reaching out.

Skylar Patterson, a friend of both girls, has spent the last several weeks collecting donations at baseball games.

"I figured if I was in that situation I would want someone to do that for me," said Patterson.

She's already raised more than $750.

Patterson's mother said it's no surprise the community is pulling together.

"It could be us today or tomorrow. You should always give a helping hand," said Rayna Allsbrooks, Patterson mother.

Donations to the two injured girls can be made at the Cumberland Bank and Trust Central Strong Fund.

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