Woodstock, GA – Attorney Zachary S. Shewmaker of Van Sant Law, LLC participated in the Emily Bowman Charity Golf Tournament which kicked off in Woodstock at The Golf Club at Bradshaw Farm on Monday, October 14, 2013. Once supporters of the event finished their rounds on the course, they were greeted by Emily herself, who is bound to a wheelchair 24/7.
Emily Bowman is a 19-year-old hit-and-run survivor who sustained traumatic brain injuries after being hit by a suspected drunk driver eight months ago. Emily’s parents told Channel 2’s Craig Lucie that she has shown progress through her eyes after each surgery and most recently she’s demonstrated progress in her arms and legs.
“When we ask her a question, she blinks her eyes to acknowledge what we are asking. It’s gradual, day by day,” said Dale Bowman, Emily’s father. Emily’s mother, Debbie Bowman said that Emily is starting to move a little more.
“She is now moving her right hand, and she is having some leg movement in both of her legs. That is what’s kind of happening,” said Debbie Bowman.
Emily Bowman, who is confined to a wheelchair, is slowly recovering from a traumatic accident where she sustained traumatic brain and other injuries after being struck by a suspected drunk driver in Athens in February.
At the silent auction held on Monday, pictures of a beautiful and vibrant Emily were on display. Several golfers supporting the event told Lucie that they needed to be there for Emily’s family.
“Tragedies like this happen all the time that go unnoticed. It’s good to play for a cause that brings out the struggles that families can go through just with young children,” Zach Shewmaker told Channel 2 News.
The silent auction raised nearly $10,000, which will go towards Emily’s medical bills. According to her parents, the medical bills could be into the millions by now.
Zach Shewmaker is one of our very own Atlanta personal injury attorneys at Van Sant Law, LLC. Attorney Shewmaker was honored to be a part of this event and help raise funds for Emily and her family. Zach is a compassionate and valuable member of our legal team who has been selected for inclusion in Georgia’s list of Rising Stars℠, which less than 2.5% of Georgia’s attorneys are included in this prestigious selection.
At Van Sant Law, LLC, we frequently deal with injured victims and their family members who are trying to pick up the pieces after a traumatic accident. As strong supporters of our community, our dedicated attorneys enjoy participating in local efforts to help injured victims and their families such as the Emily Bowman Charity Golf Tournament.