Love Warrior Leah
On August 14, Leah was in a severe accident while working construction for Habitat for Humanity. A huge forklift was on a muddy incline, causing it to slip and fall on top of Leah and crush her spine and right leg.
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About the campaign
When the extended arm of the 22,000-pound forklift fell on top of Leah, it crushed her T4 and T5 vertebrae, severing the spinal cord and puncturing her right lung. It also crushed her right leg, breaking bones and causing a massive loss of blood. She is lucky to be alive, and she has had to face a multitude of surgeries and medical procedures while fighting for her life in the weeks following the accident. She is paralyzed from the armpits down and her right leg had to be amputated above the knee.
Here’s what you should know about Leah: she is a builder, a dancer, a lover of animals and nature, a poet, and an artist through and through. She loves life and soaks in the magic of the everyday.
Before the accident, Leah lived in a gorgeous tiny studio that she 100% designed and built herself (down to splitting the shingles for the roof from a felled tree she found in the forest). She worked at Habitat for Humanity during the day and spent evenings and weekends building a stationery company, Tiny and Snail, with her sister Grace.
So much has changed for Leah, but those things that matter most have remained the same. She remains keenly aware of the gift of life, continuing to express gratitude – even after facing such life-altering events. She is grateful that her arms and hands still work and that she didn’t sustain any brain injuries.
Leah is currently in rehab, learning from scratch how to perform the basic daily tasks of life in a transformed body. She is as strong as they come in her size – a love warrior in every sense.
Poetry has been like air to Leah over these past few weeks. One of the very first pieces of art she created for her hospital room was lettering a quote from the Mary Oliver poem, “The Summer Day.” "Tell me, what is it you plan to do / with your one wild and precious life?”
In addition to being sustained by poetry, dance and movement have been constant companions to Leah during her battle. Even without the use of her legs, she had daily dance parties in the ICU with her sister and family and continues to dance at rehab with beautiful, fluid movements of her arms, even on the hardest days. “Keep dancing” is written on her soul. (Fun fact: the mug features a collaboration between Leah’s lettering, Grace's leaf illustrations, and their brother Stephen’s graphic design clean-ups. Nixon siblings unite!)
While Leah’s immediate medical bills and rehab costs are being covered by Workers' Compensation, there are so many costs up ahead that will not automatically be covered. She will need equipment to help her continue to enjoy the outdoors, a wheelchair accessible house, and a car that can be outfitted for her to drive with her hands – these are all areas that are not fully covered but which will be essential in helping Leah thrive in the upcoming chapters of her beautiful life.
Every dollar donated helps get our love warrior back to living a gorgeous, independent, and artistic life. Thank you so very much. You all give us hope.