Community comes together for local teen suffering from traumatic brain injury


Photo of Jana Fletcher in the hospital. (Courtesy Photo: Fletcher family)

WESTOVER, W.Va. — The Monongalia County community is coming together to help a family after a traumatic car accident.

Photo of Jana Fletcher in the hospital. (Courtesy Photo: Fletcher family)

Fat Angelo’s, in Westover, will host a fundraiser this Saturday, Aug. 21, in response to help a local teen suffering a traumatic brain injury following the accident.

Jana Fletcher, an upcoming senior at Morgantown High School, is suffering brain injuries after experiencing a car accident on July 29. Before the accident, the 17-year-old talked about her future as a tattoo artist, beautician, or even becoming a lawyer. Her family said Fletcher’s biggest plans were outfitting a Volkswagen van to travel cross country after graduation.

Fletcher is now currently up and walking around her hospital room and is planning to start her rehabilitation soon, according to her family. 

“Jana being an upcoming senior this year at Morgantown high school she’s in the prime of her life, her future is way ahead of her so the more money that we raise to help her through her injuries at this time makes it closer for her to be able to fulfill those dreams that most kids have when they’re seniors and in high school,” Bennett said. 

To help with her medical and rehabilitation costs, Fat Angelo’s will be hosting a fundraiser from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 21. Anybody wishing to participate can mention “Jana” when ordering, and 10% of the funds will be donated towards Jana’s recovery.

Jana’s aunt, Robyn Bennett, said it was a no-brainer to have the fundraiser with Fat Angelo’s because it’s a pizza place that Jana visits a lot.

“We’re part of the community,” said David Ryba, owner of Fat Angelo’s. “We always want to be a part of the community and we have a lot of Fat Angelo’s family around the area, so we want to be really influential in the community and make sure that everybody knows that we’re not just here just to sell pizza were her the help the community out as well.” 

Along with the fundraiser, Fletcher’s family will be selling t-shirts made with her own artwork. A GoFundMe has also been made.

“It has been such an uplifting thing for Jana,” Bennett said. “As I go into her hospital room, and I tell her things that are going on with this fundraiser with Fat Angelo’s it’s uplifting her spirit because she knows people in Morgantown are supporting her.”

Anyone who would like to donate to help with her recovery can find the GoFundMe by clicking here. For those wishing to purchase a t-shirt with Jana’s artwork, they can email her aunt, Robyn Bennet, at

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