Help Wocky out of a Jam!

For: Heather Yesko
Cotati, CA
Organizer: Brenda Velasquez
Help Wocky out of a Jam! (Heather Yesko)
of $7,500 goal
7% Complete
Raised by 11 donors

The Story

Dear Family and Friends,

As most of you know, my niece, Heather Yesko (her derby name is Jammerwocky, Wocky for short), suffered a catastrophic leg injury during a roller derby tournament on October 28. In the opening minutes of the 2nd half of the tournament's final bout, her left leg was crushed during a fall, breaking her tibia and fibula resulting in emergency surgery to insert pins and a titanium rod into her bone. Though her surgery was a success and her doctors expect a full recovery, she has many months of rehabilitation and challenge ahead. 

Heather has both work-sponsored and roller derby insurance but is facing additional out-of-pocket costs for everything from hospital bills and physical therapy to prescriptions and medical supplies.

Throughout her life Heather has always been first in line to assist family and friends who've hit a rough patch and never hesitates to lift the spirits of those around her with her inspiring words and deeds.  I am reaching out via this YouCaring Fundraiser in hopes of being able to assist Heather through the rest of her journey. 

We are incredibly grateful for the many amazing acts of support and love Heather has already received from the moment she hit the floor to the emergency room and beyond. If you are able to help with even the smallest donation, I know she will appreciate it more than you will ever know! 

And if you can't please keep Heather in your thoughts and prayers in the months ahead, as we know the Jammerwocky will rise again!

Thank you.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on November 6, 2017


Posted on November 6, 2017

::Update from Wocky aka Heather::

A lot of people have been asking me how my injury actually happened, and how I've been doing so here it is:

Saturday, October 28th, 2017; approx. 4:30pmPST

It was the last game at the Halloween themed "Monster Bash" tournament in Antioch, California. All the games were 30 mins that day, except for the last one which was an hour. We (Sonoma County) were playing Sac City. We just started the 2nd half of the last bout, and in the very 1st jam I went out. I got hit, and as I went down I fell forward and my legs crossed. 

So imagine if you were on all fours and you crossed your left shin over and on top of your right calf. Then in that position, someone fell on me. The weight of them on my legs and because of how my legs were crossed it caused my left leg to just snap right in half.

That's what I'm told anyway! I couldn't really remember, bc it happened so fast.

Everyone sprung into action to get me help as soon as possible. I was transported to Sutter Delta Medical Center there in Antioch (almost 2 hours away from home!). I was scheduled for surgery the next morning (Sunday), to fix my fractured left tibia & fibula, mid-shaft.  An IM Rod and 4 screws were put in to stabilize my leg.  I was put in a soft splint after surgery. 

I was released from the hospital on Monday, Oct. 30th. On Thursday, Nov. 2nd, I went for a follow up appt. closer to my home town and had my soft splint replaced with a boot. I am still NWB (non-weight bearing) for at least the next 1-2 months, but at least I can remove the boot to shower as needed. I go back on Wednesday, Nov. 8th to have my staples moved.

I am forever grateful for those that helped me during my time of need, and to those continue to support & uplift me through this journey of healing. 


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