Julie was born in Dallas,
lived in Perryton and spent her
formative years in Borger. Upon
graduation from high school, Julie
became a barber and spent the next ten
years trimming, tinting, and tidying the
heads and beards of Borger while
attending Frank Phillips College.
Eventually, life led Julie to Amarillo
and to Amarillo College where she
received an Associates degree in Nuclear
Medicine. During this time period,
Julie also started a family.
In 1996, now the mother of
two young sons and education in hand,
Julie went to work as a tech in the
Diagnostic Imaging Department at Baptist
St. Anthony’s Health System. Therefore,
by 2004, Julie had become a Supervisor,
and also the Radiation and Safety
Julie is absolutely
beautiful. Her smile is one of pure
enchantment—a smile that warms your
heart and fills your soul with
sunshine. One would surmise when seeing
her beautiful smile that her life has
been one of total joy with none of
life’s routine ups and downs. But, of
course, that is just in the “magical
Her job was in tune, her
home was in order, and her sons were
healthy and happy. Her life was truly
magical in the kingdom…then, in a
blink of an eye...on April 17, 2004,
Julie was driving on the Fritch highway,
with her oldest son asleep in the seat
beside her. That is when she fell
asleep at the wheel. The car, of
course, went off the road with Julie
awakening just before impact.
Fortunately, her son stayed asleep, and
being so relaxed, he was not injured.
Julie, however, had braced herself. Her
back and wrist took the full impact as
the car rolled. Julie and her son were
suspended in the overturned vehicle.
While Julie hung upside down in the
wrecked car feeling her legs go numb,
her son broke the window glass, crawled
out and ran for help.
Julie’s description of the feeling is
like slurping syrup through a straw.
When LifeStar arrived, it took them one
hour to cut Julie from the wreckage. In
tremendous pain, she was flown to
Northwest Texas Hospital where Dr.
Gentry performed 10 hours of surgery to
repair her back.
Transferring to BSA the following
Monday, wrist surgery was performed.
Julie was transferred to the Neurology
Unit of BSA to start extensive
rehabilitation. Fortunately, the dimmed
lights of Julie’s magical kingdom
once again began to brighten when after
two months of hospitalization, Julie
was told she would be going home.
Combine home with the warming word
friendship. However, home for Julie
now meant something totally different
and foreign. When a caseworker had
evaluated Julie’s home for her needs,
certain modifications were made
mandatory before Julie could return.
Cupboards had to be rearranged, a
bathroom had to be redone, doors had to
be widened, and floors had to be
installed that would be compatible with
a wheelchair bound individual.
Oh yes – Julie is now
wheelchair bound. Looking at the
mandatory modification needs always
raises the questions of who, how and
when. Who will do the work? How can we
meet the remodeling costs? When will
the work be done? Will I see home
When the mandatory needs and
modification requirements were presented,
living friendship arrived on the
doorstep of the Eberting household.
Family and friends lived their
friendship. Cupboards were rearranged,
flooring was installed, doors were
widened and the bathroom was totally
revamped. All the labor was performed
by family and friends. But, how do we
pay for the materials?
One of Julie’s
rehabilitation caseworkers suggested to
Julie that she contact Second Chance
Foundation, a foundation that quietly
pursues the path of providing for needs
for a second chance in life. The
Second Chance Foundation paid for all
the material required to modify Julie’s
home in order for her to not only return
to her home, but also to continue to
pursue her goals in life.
Julie arrived home to see
the remodel that was done with loving
hands on June 30, 2004. Though
wheelchair bound at the moment, Julie,
with her second chance in life, is
pursuing an online degree in Nuclear
Medicine from the University of
Phoenix. She can move about in her
home, care for her growing sons and
looks forward to one day receiving not
only a Bachelor’s degree, but also a
Masters degree. Then, she might
possibly teach Nuclear Medicine.