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North State Teen Finally Returns Home

By Chelsea KAY, @ChelseaKayTv
Published On: Oct 04 2012 08:11:06 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 04 2012 07:54:00 PM CDT

A North State teen returned home for the first time today since being paralyzed in a June car crash.

There was a special surprise waiting for 18-year-old Raven Chavez.

A handful of family members were waiting for Raven during her homecoming today. And while the road in front of her is a long one, she said she is ready for the challenge.

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Raven Chavez Comes Home After Paralyzing Accident

"God has given me a new life," she said. “I’m ready to start it.”

Chavez’s diagnosis rattled her at first, but now she's looking at life in an entirely different way.

"When I first started out I was just, I was not very well off,” Chavez said. “Just seeing how far I’ve come, it’s really crazy."

Raven has spent the last three months recovering and undergoing rehabilitation at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and Thursday was her long awaited homecoming.

"I’m just really excited to be home, out of hospital jail," she said.

Raven was greeted by a house full of family members, whom were anxiously awaiting her arrival.

"I’m excited to start a new life,” Chavez said about the future, “to see...what’s to come."

If you'd like to help Chavez continue on her journey, a concert fundraiser is being held on Monday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Anderson River Park amphitheater. Hosted by Union Performing Arts, West Valley High School Performing Arts and South Shasta Children’s Choir, event tickets are $7 and include a hamburger meal.

Tickets are available from Copy Cats in Anderson, Anderson High School or West Valley High School Performing Arts groups.

You can also contact Amy Hughes at 365-2741 ext. 1675

Raven Chavez Support Page: facebook.com/RavenChavezFoundation