SOURCE: Samantha's House Foundation

March 24, 2005 16:40 ET

Samantha's House Foundation Created to Build a Home for Indianapolis Paralyzed Girl

INDIANAPOLIS, IN -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 24, 2005 -- Life changed dramatically two short years ago for a 9-year-old Indianapolis second grader, Samantha Allen. Samantha was involved in a devastating car accident that left her paralyzed from the neck down. On May 12, 2003 -- the day after Mother's Day -- as Samantha crossed the street in front of her home, a car hit her. Her injuries included the same type of spinal cord injury that Christopher Reeve suffered. Samantha is now confined to a wheelchair and requires 24-hour medical care. Since the accident, Samantha's parents have devoted themselves to her round-the-clock care.

Unfortunately, the family home was not so accommodating. And that is how "Samantha's House" became a mission for Samantha's attorney, Jim Keller of the law firm of Keller & Keller and Michael Hunt, founder of the Emily Hunt Foundation and father of Emily Hunt. Hunt's 12-year-old daughter was paralyzed in an amusement park accident and he readily identified with the challenges facing the Allen family.

The goal of the Samantha's House project is simple and yet ambitious: raise the monies to build Samantha a home that accommodates her significant medical and daily living needs. Like many people confined to a wheelchair, Samantha's daily quality of life is dramatically impacted due to the limitations of a typical home. Samantha cannot join her family in the living room or kitchen and needs to be carried into the bathroom. Her bed and medical equipment occupy most of the small bedroom she shares with her two sisters. She is unable to go into the sun porch or back yard for fresh air and even entering or leaving the home is difficult with only the aid of a makeshift ramp.

Indianapolis trial lawyer Jim Keller represented Samantha following the car accident and like everyone that meets Samantha and her devoted family, he was touched by their situation and wanted to help. According to Keller, "Our mission is to help Samantha live a better life by providing her with a home that is equipped with the access and technology to meet her medical needs. Our plea to the Indianapolis community is that together, we can make a difference in the life of a child. We can make the vision of Samantha's House a reality for Samantha Allen."

Once Samantha Allen has been helped, Samantha's House will live on as a non-profit organization whose mission is to help children like Samantha -- children with catastrophic medical conditions that require special housing needs. Keller and Hunt have filed the 501C3 documents with the IRS and are moving forward with the formation of the non-profit organization.

Donations are being accepted through the Samantha's House website at www.SamanthasHouse.com and branch offices of Union Federal Bank.

Contact Information

  • For additional information, please contact:
    Jim Keller
    317-926-1111

    Michael Hunt
    317-506-6195