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Fundraiser for teen injured in rock climbing accident

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ESCONDIDO (CBS 8) - An outpouring of support Thursday night at a fundraiser for the family of a North County teen who was critically injured in a rock climbing accident.

Makayla Castro, 18, attends Grand Canyon University in Arizona, and was hiking on Camelback Mountain in Phoenix last Wednesday when she fell 100-feet.

"She is very adventurous but she is not a hiker. She just kind of went out on a whim and wanted to do something fun," said Siena Heidemann, Makayla's childhood and college friend.

In an online blog, Makayla's mother said she's in a coma, broke seven bones, fractured her back and skull and is suffering from a severe head injury.

Throughout Escondido pink ribbons were wrapped around light poles, symbolizing "Miracles for Makayla."

On Thursday, Escogelato's owner donated 20-cents for every dollar spent to help the Castro family. Friends wrote personal letters to Kayla, as Makayla, so she can read when she wakes up.

Makayla's parents are in Scottsdale by her side. They expressed their appreciation for the community's support.

Makayla is expected to be in a coma for four to six weeks.

Those wishing to help Makayla's recovery can visit Kayla Castro's GoFundMe page.

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