FORMER UA SOFTBALL PLAYERS RAISE FUNDS FOR TEAMMATE’S HOUSE FIRE RECOVERY

Reporting by WVUA 23’s Aajene Robinson

A weekend fire claimed the home of former University of Alabama softball player, Lauren Sewell.

The incident did destroy her home but Sewell said she’s thankful she wasn’t in the house. Sewell has met with her insurance company to talk about her next steps, whether that be rebuilding in the same location or rebuild or rent somewhere else, but she hasn’t made that decision yet.

While the situation includes many arduous steps to recovery, Sewell gives her gratitude to her former teammates for using the popular fundraising website, GoFundMe, to help with her finances. Through their efforts, the campaign surpassed its $5,000 goal within three days, with a current total of $7,635.

“I knew when I played Alabama softball it was a family, I was a part of a family forever,” Sewell said. “Seeing everything that they’ve done to help has just, it’s a blessing and I’m definitely very thankful.”

Despite her tragedy, Sewell said to the community, churches and people who have donated, she is thankful for the love and support she has received. For those who would like to contribute, click here to visit her GoFundMe campaign.

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