Calli’s Story

Site created on October 23, 2018

Calli is an amazing, energetic, kind, joyful, and charismatic woman. She is either seen surrounded by a group of friends, or just participating in every activity she can cram into a day! On Saturday, October 20th, Calli attended a pumpkin carving event with a group of her college friends. Her friend, Zach, offered to drive her home because she was not wanting to drive back alone. Minutes after driving the unlit, windy road (with no reflectors or warning signs), their car missed a turn and went airborne off a ledge.

Seeing the video and photos of the crash site is testament that they should not be alive! Calli was trapped in the crushed car and bleeding extensively. Zach held her and his screams brought help. Calli was life-flighted to Vanderbilt University Hospital where the trauma staff worked hard to save Calli's life. She was admitted with bilateral lung contusions, a severely broken arm, various neck and back fractures, a broken collarbone, scalp lacerations, and a dissected carotid artery (that had an aneurysm and pseudoaneurysm) to name her major injuries. 

She needed surgery to stablize her spine by placing rods from the base of her neck to the lower section of her ribs. She was on a ventilator, given blood products, and had surgery to set her arm with plates and screws. Zach has a lacerated lung, broken sternum, and fractured vertebrae. We praise God every minute that her and Zach are alive knowing that God has a future for them. They are meant to be here and they are touching lives across the world! 

Please keep them in your prayers, that their hearts and bodies are healed. This was a very traumatic experience for each of them but the overwhelming support from friends, family, and strangers is providing much needed peace. We are beyond grateful for the donations, prayers, thoughts, and messages we have received - thank you from the bottom of our hearts! 

Newest Update

Journal entry by Wendy Luikart

Good morning, this is Calli’s Grandma, Rita, chiming in...
Dear family and friends who have been faithful prayer warriors to Calli, Wendy, Glen and our family,
Throughout our journey, you have been a lifeline of hope and support. Your thoughts and prayers have carried us through. I would like to thank you all so much. At this unprecedented time, you are also in need hope and encouragement.
I’m asking God to flip the switch and every prayer you have sent on our behalf, God would double all those prayers back to you. 
My verse and prayer for you is Romans 
15:13, "May the God of HOPE fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him so that you may over flow with HOPE by the power of the Holy Spirit." 
Recently I was asked to speak to group of women at our church regarding our experience over Calli’s accident. The theme was “There is HOPE in the midst of tragedy.“ I was challenged (in a good way) because I had to really dig deep and ask the hard questions as to what I really believed. After lots of soul searching here’s what I know to be true. 
Hope is in God's Promises. Isaiah 40:31, Psalm42:5
Hope is in God's Word. Psalm 119:114, 130:5
Hope is a trustworthy anchor. Hebrews 
Hope is our future. Jeremiah. 29:11, Ephesians 1:18 
Hope is a person —Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:3
These were my main thoughts that got me through. 
I was also blessed to have Calli and Wendy join me on stage via video. These two share from their heart where they are in the middle of it all. Listen and be encouraged as you, too, are facing this time of uncertainty. 
I’d also like to share Calli’s art site. It exudes beauty in the midst of her circumstances and shows God's handiwork through her art.
You have been a light to us and now, I pray we can be a light to you. 
Colossians 1:27. Christ in you the HOPE of glory.
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