Amy was on her annual camping vacation at the Pinery Provincial Park, near Grand Bend, Ont. when a rainstorm suddenly became a tornado. There was no warning; it happened lightning quick. A massive tree crushed Amy, who was sitting at a picnic table under a tarp, holding her 5-year-old son. Amazingly, her son sustained no injuries, however, Amy suffered a broken pelvis, a shattered sacrum, and internal bleeding. She was taken to a local hospital first, and then sent on to London Victoria hospital, where she underwent surgery 48 hours later. There may be more surgery ahead.
Amy runs two businesses from home; daily after-school care for a number of local children and a one-of-a-kind childrens clothing company (woodwater.ca) which she founded with her sister, Holly. She does not have the luxury of sick benefits, accidental coverage or adequate savings to see her through the upcoming rehab process.
There is much challenge ahead for Amy and we, her friends and family who will do whatever we can, are reaching out for financial assistance. This has been an expensive crisis already, with immediate family temporarily relocating to London to support her recovery. It will be some weeks before Amy is able to return to Toronto and at least 3 months before she is able to start walking again. Upon Amy's release from the hospital, we will need to find alternate living arrangements for her as she will be unable to handle the stairs to her second floor apartment for quite some time.
We are reaching out to anyone who is willing and able to make a contribution of any size. Please know that your donation will be received with deep gratitude, and will be carefully spent.