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Cobbs leaning on family, others as they prepare for first Christmas since tragic crash

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Benefits planned

The Unity Performing Arts Foundation will help the Cobb family by asking people to bring donations to two upcoming events, said Marshall White, foundation founder and Voices of Unity youth choir director.

Windy Cobb, who was severely injured in a July 31 crash in Florida that killed her husband, Shawn, is program director for the foundation's Arts Academy.

The events, both of which feature the Voice of Unity choir, are:

Christmas performance: 5 p.m. Saturday in the ballroom at Walb Student Union at IPFW, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E. Admission is $5 per person. People are asked to bring donations of gift cards to stores where the Cobb family can buy groceries and other household items.

Praise Celebration 2014: 6 p.m. Jan. 12 in Rhinehart Music Center at IPFW. The concert of mainstream church music will feature the Voices of Unity choir and several guest performers from the local religious community. They also plan to hold a tribute to Windy Cobb, White said, as well as to collect donations for the Cobb family.

Admission is $16, adults; $11, seniors and students; and $6, children. Children will be admitted free if they donate a canned food item.

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They will be without husband and father Shawn Cobb, who died in July collision in Florida

Friday, December 20, 2013 - 6:49 am

Windy Cobb is home, and she and her children are “doing OK — supporting each other” as they get ready for their first Christmas without husband and father Shawn Cobb.

Shawn died in a July 31 traffic accident while the family was on vacation in Florida. The accident also left Windy and younger son, Breydon, 15, seriously injured.

Windy Cobb returned to Fort Wayne from Florida in early October to continue her recovery. She spent about two and a half weeks in a local rehabilitation hospital before being released to go home the last week of October.

“It was nice to be home — to be back with my kids,” she said.

Breydon had returned to Fort Wayne much earlier than she did.

The Cobbs' two other children were not in the vehicle at the time of the crash. Older son, Daven, 18, had stayed in Fort Wayne. Daughter Audriana, 9, was with a grandmother living in Florida.

The children were cared for here by family as Cobb recovered in Florida.

She doesn't remember much about what led to the accident.

“They (doctors) believe I had a stroke,” said Cobb, who was driving.

She currently doesn't need any treatment for that condition, she said. “At this time, they say it's fine.”

Cobb said she has made a lot of progress, but still has a ways to go to reach full recovery.

“A couple of wounds are still healing,” on her right leg, she said. But she didn't suffer any broken bones or head, neck or back injuries.

“I can do most things for myself,” she added. “I get tired easily.”

She is walking, but she doesn't know how long it will be until she is able to drive again.

She also isn't sure when she will be able to return to activities such as helping with the youth at her church, St. John Lutheran Church, 729 W. Washington Blvd., and serving as program director for the Arts Academy at local Unity Performing Arts Foundation.

She and her children had a good Thanksgiving, she said, with a lot of family around to help them.

Members of their church also have taken turns supplying the family with meals.

Right now, her children are excited about their Christmas break from school, which begins Friday.

They'll support each other as they go through Christmas without Shawn, and probably lean again on those around them.

“The support from family, our church family and the Unity Arts family has been great,” she said.