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Singer previews #KatyStrong song at benefit; Katy Daniel makes first public appearance

Posted at 11:29 PM, Aug 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-29 07:15:10-04

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- The young woman who was nearly killed in a farming accident at her home in Dinwiddie on Mother's Day made her first public appearance at a benefit to concert to help with her continued recovery.

Katy Daniel lost her scalp in the auger incident and spent 57 days in the hospital.  She has been recovering at home since July, but attended a benefit concert and event at Ashton Creek Vineyard.  She spoke with CBS 6 about what this day means to her.

Katy Daniel

Katy Daniel

"It's been awesome. It's been cool. I'm glad about the turnout, and thankful for everyone that's come," Daniel said.  "You'd think I'd be down and depressed, but I'm not. All of the people helping me have made me go forward and think of the positive, not the negative."

The #Katystrong social media campaign touched people across the country following her accident, including local country music singer Brittany Marie.  So moved by Katy's story, Brittany Marie wrote a song titled "Katy Strong" to honor Daniel's fight.  Brittany Marie performed the song live for Daniel and her family at Ashton Creek Sunday evening.

Country music singer Brittany Marie

Country music singer Brittany Marie

"I don't know why, but Katy means so much to me. I didn't know her before the accident, and I see such a beautiful person," said Brittany Marie through tears while performing on stage Sunday.

Brittany Marie said all of the proceeds from Sunday's event and all sales of "Katy Strong" will go directly to Daniel's family.

Katy Daniel's parents.

Katy Daniel's parents.

"We were like normal families, everyone doing their own thing. After this happened, like a magnet, it pulled us right back together," said Pete Daniel, Katy's father.

The Daniel family said they cannot truly find the words to thank everyone in the community for the support they have received over the past three months.

Katy Daniel in the hospital.

Katy Daniel in the hospital.

"Overwhelming. It's been overwhelming, but it's brought so much good. Such a bad accident has brought a lot of good," Katy said.

Click here for more information on the "Katy Strong" song.  The music video will be released online within the next two weeks, Brittany Marie said.