Lauren Scruggs's Friends Raise $10,000 to Help with Medical Bills
12/28/2011 AT 09:15 AM EST
A fundraiser in Texas to aid the model and fashion editor with her medical bills raised more than $10,000 – as well as the spirits of the 23-year-old, who was severely injured when she accidentally walked into a spinning plane propeller on Dec. 3.
"Lo is making remarkable strides!" her mother, Cheryl Scruggs, posted Monday on the Caring Bridge website. "She is talking of what happened, and very quickly recognizes that God has purpose for it all. She wants to use it for Him, and use it boldly to glorify Him."
The message also said, "Her spirit is incredible. She's positive, hungry and cheery! Her appetite is very healthy, even though she is still taking lots of pain medication."
For the fundraiser, held in a restaurant in Plano, local businesses donated items such as jewelry that was sold at a silent auction, and the event's emcee, LeeAnne Locken, told the crowd of friends and family members: "Tonight is about celebrating – it is about celebrating that Lauren Scruggs is going to come back 10 times stronger than she was before this accident."
"It is truly a miracle to think of how far she has come in such a short amount of time," a friend of Lauren's, Janee Harrell, told ABC News."Her mind and her outlook and her spirit is amazing … her beauty is truly from within."
In the accident, Scruggs lost her left hand and suffered facial and shoulder injuries. On Dec. 14 doctors removed her left eye.
In her blog post, Cheryl Scruggs made note of Lauren's strong intuitive bond with her twin sister Britt, and wrote: "Britt's left eye has been twitching for the last four to five days every 30 seconds or so. She knows it's because of their deep connection she and Lo have."
Donations can be made to the Lauren Scruggs Hope Fund on the LOLO Magazine website.