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16-year-old girl who suffered serious brain injury in Lake Villa crash continues to recover

Allyson Kubik, 16, of Grayslake, in a February 13 photo at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in Chicago. | Family Provided Photo.

A 16-year-old girl who suffered a serious brain injury during an ATV inner tube accident in January in Lake Villa is still in the hospital recovering, her family says.

Allyson Kubik, 16, of Grayslake, was being pulled on an inner tube by an ATV in the backyard of a home on January 24. The incident happened in the 100 block of Fieldstone Drive in Lake Villa.

Allyson was on the inner tube with another teen as the ATV was pulling the tube through the snow.

The inner tube slid into a tree and both teens were ejected from the tube into the trees, leaving Allyson unconscious when first responders arrived.

Allyson suffered life-threatening injuries and was transported to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge by a LifeNet medical helicopter. The other teen was ground transported by ambulance to an area hospital.

A GoFundMe account, created in January by a family friend and Grayslake resident, raised over $20,000 for the Kubik family.

Allyson’s parents created an Instagram page called “allo.is.strong” to share their daughter’s lengthy road to recovery. The profile has 3,500 followers.

The girl’s parents shared photos on Tuesday of Allyson when she was in the ICU on the day of the accident.

“We share this with Allyson’s permission and support to bring awareness to how quickly life can change. We also share to bring awareness of activities we may think are “safe” or don’t need a helmet for… and hope that people will think again. Life can change in a second,” her parents said in the post.

Allyson has been at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in Chicago for several weeks and had to learn how to walk again. She is expected to finally return home on Saturday.

The Antioch Pizza Shop in Lindenhurst will be donating 15% of their sales to the Kubik family on March 4 from 12-8 p.m. Thursday. Customers must mention #allostrong.

First Draft in Grayslake is also holding a fundraiser for the family on March 13 from 12-5 p.m. where they will donate 100% of the proceeds from the event.