Dublin Secondary was seeing yellow on Jan. 19 as student and staff donned yellow shirts in support of DHS Junior Mariah Jimenez, who was in a single vehicle accident on Jan. 16 on FM219 between Dublin and Lingleville.
She was transported by air to a Fort Worth hospital where they determined that she had a Level 2 brain injury (Brainstem Diffuse Axonal Injury).
In the days following the accident, the community has rallied around Mariah and her family with a picture of Mariah and “Pray for Mariah” replacing profile pictures on Facebook.
Mariah’s mother, Jamie Raulston has provided updates on her condition on Erath County Breaking News in a thread that has had hundreds of reactions and comments. (See the Letter to the Editor here for an update on her condition and a message from Mariah's family: https://www.dublincitizen.com/commentary/letter-editor-5 )
“I know there are so many people all over praying for my baby girl and I am so grateful,” Raulston wrote in a Jan. 20 post. “Everyone please don’t stop. We need them more than ever-Prayers for healing of her brain with minimal damage. Mariah is an amazing young lady that has the world rooting for her. THANK YOU ALL.”
Mariah’s friends, Sierra Chapa, Susey Cortes, Jaden Harrell, and Eithan Govea wanted to gather the school in showing support when they asked people to wear yellow (Mariah’s favorite color) last week. The Lady Lions basketball team (of which Mariah is a member) can also be seen sporting yellow hairbands during games.
This same group of friends is selling t-shirts to support Mariah’s recovery and help raise money for Mariah’s family.
“The same day, I spoke at our district Varsity girls’ game, to inform everyone that the game was going to be dedicated to Mariah,” Chapa said of the Jan. 19 face-off. “A couple of our teammates even presented her grandmother and grandfather with flowers. Before the game, the JV boys, varsity girls and varsity boys separately met in the middle of the court to say a prayer for Mariah. Our district match up, Bangs, came together with us after the game and had their coach pray over Mariah as well.”
The varsity players and friends of Mariah can also be seen wearing bracelets that say “Pray for Mariah” with the verse, Luke 1:37: “For no word from God will ever fail.”
Those wishing to donate can search for “Mariah Jimenez Emergency Medical Funding” on gofundme. com, where donations will go towards medical expenses and supporting the family as Jamie, her brother, Mateo, and grandparents, Judy and Cam, support Mariah.
Those present for the Dublin games Friday (Jan. 29) can also help the family while getting a good meal prepared by the Dublin Athletic Booster Club. Starting at 6 p.m., meals of BBQ sandwiches, chips and tea will be available with all proceeds going to Mariah’s family. Meals are $6 and sausage can be added for $3
“Every day, we are spreading the word more and more,” said Sierra Chapa, a best friend to Mariah, and one of many praying for her recovery.