Support Matt and Gillian Russell after Kona Bike Crash

For: Gillian Russell
Kailua-Kona, HI
Organizer: Christen Dybenko
Support Matt and Gillian Russell after Kona Bike Crash (Gillian Russell)
$82,043
of $100,000 goal.
Raised by 1143 donors
82% Complete

The Story

Matt collided with a vehicle during the Ironman World Championships in Kona and is now in the ICU. This campaign is to support him, Gillian, and little Makaio with medical bills and other expenses during this tragic time. 


We started this campaign at $50k but raised it to 100k on Oct 16 as more there is more clarity on Matt's condition and recovery time.


Matt might not be able to compete again and any help is greatly appreciated by the Russell family.


Thank you for your love and generosity!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on October 17, 2017

Posted on October 17, 2017

Thank you again for your continued thoughts and prayer for Matt. 

An update from Gillian on Oct 17:

We are very fortunate that the hospital released Matt to be with his family this evening. He will continue his recovery under medical observation until we are able to fly home. Words can not describe how happy we are to be reunited as a family even though daddy can’t hold him, Makaio has missed his daddy so much. Please continue to pray for Matt as this is going to be a long journey. 


Posted on October 16, 2017

Posted on October 16, 2017

Thank you so much for your support of Matt, Gillian and Makaio. 

Here's an update from Gillian this afternoon:

At this time, Matt remains in the hospital and he is getting the care he desperately needs.

Since the accident, Matt has had multiple procedures and surgeries to address the life threatening injuries he suffered Saturday.

While Matt is resting more comfortably than yesterday we are not out of the woods yet as Matt's doctors remain concerned with the magnitude and severity of his concussion and vascular injuries.

Matt loves to race and I know he will want to get back to it when he's able. However, it's way to early to know if and when that may happen.

At this point we just want Matt home. Home with me and his newborn son - it's going to takes months of intense rehab to get him prepared for everyday life - and frankly the sooner we can get started the better.


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