Last July, 23-year-old Erin Calo fell from a second-story balcony. She was preparing to go back to school to become a paralegal, but has had to put her dreams on hold while she fights to make a recovery.
Her friend, Laith Qomag, was charged with felony assault in the incident. Authorites question Qomaq's claim that the two were arguing when he threw her over his shoulder and she fell. His case is still pending in district court.
After the incident, Calo spent 12 days in a coma and several additional weeks in the hospital.
"Her recovery thus far has been one miracle after another, but she still has a long way to go," Calo's friend Dehaven Fields said.
Fields is both a friend of Erin's and the president of Auxesis, a non-profit that helps with people who are undergoing financial hardships.
"Her recovery ongoing outside of the initial expense of her hospital stay is ongoing, along with therapy, her vision was affected, her hearing, all her senses, she had to relearn how to walk, things of that nature," Fields said.
To help with Calo's mounting medical bills, Auxesis has teamed up with Belk's stores around the Triangle.
Throughout the month of April, anyone can come to Belk's and make a $5 donation. The donation will give customers entry into a private four-hour sale on April 27. Once a purchase is made on the 27th, the $5 will be taken off the sales price at the cash register, and 100 percent of that will go to Erin and her family.