Cathedral Catholic High School alumni hosted a fundraiser at the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center on July 23 for their former classmate Derek Thomas, 19, who was critically injured in a car accident last year. Thomas, who was given a 1 percent chance for survival after the accident, was burned on over 85 percent of his body and remains hospitalized at Scripps Encinitas — the funds raised will go toward his medical care. Thomas has had dozens of surgeries since the accident. Thomas spent the last 11 months at the Grossman Burn Center in West Hills before recently being transferred to Scripps.
The crash occurred outside of Bishop last August and claimed four lives, including Cathedral Catholic graduates Natalie Nield and Amanda Post (Thomas’ late girlfriend).
The group Thomas was with were headed back to San Diego from Mammoth where they took part in high-altitude fitness training.
Photos: Rob McKenzie