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Bridgeport community plans benefit for Peggy Blume

Friends and family: 'Peggy's a fighter.'

And counting.

The number of people who have come forward to help with the Peggy Blume Benefit planned for Sept. 18 have been overwhelming, said Blume's cousin Pam Merritt, of Liverpool.

Merritt said the entire family is thankful to all the people they have met and have offered to volunteer for the benefit.

Blume, 37, of Bridgeport, has undergone four extensive surgeries at University Hospital since she was in a car accident May 24 on Route 31 in the town of Sullivan. Blume was on her way to work when an SUV collided with her van head-on.

The other vehicle was occupied by two Onondaga County teenagers who were heading toward the Clay area.

Blume, a wife and mother of three children, has been described as a "fighter," and fighting is just what she has been doing over the past few weeks.

As of June 5, Blume's family reported that she was awake and able to communicate with visitors. She was elevated to a status of serious condition with a few more surgeries to undergo, according to family members.

"She is a fighter," said Kathy Blume, Peggy's sister-in-law. "She is everything to her family and they are everything to her."

Kathy said her brother Steve and Peggy were high school sweethearts. She said they are an important part of the community and have established a tight-knit group of family and friends that count on one another.

"She would do anything for her family," Kathy said. "Our focus is on Peg. She has a lot of fight in her and she's a strong woman."

Because Peggy has suffered two compound fractures in both femurs among many other injuries, the Blume family began looking ahead for finances. Volunteers have been working around the clock since May 26 to organize a benefit and several other small fundraisers to help pay for medical costs.

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