This is a fundraising page to help our friend and warrior Steve Shinde, husband to Shannon Patterson and dad to 7 year old Carter.
On April 9th, 2015 at 45 years old, Steve suffered a massive blood vessel bleed in his brain while on duty in his Bylaw Enforcement position with the City of Vancouver.
Steve has survived the initial crisis and has fought through other medical complications including a 10-day battle of pneumonia. It is expected that Steve will remain in the hospital for quite some time to come. Medically he is much more stable now, though brain injuries are complex and each day is a balancing act. He recognizes those closest to him and laughs at jokes made by those visiting. It is difficult for him to articulate what he is thinking but it is obvious that he wants to be part of the conversation. His loving nature is still ever present. His gaze travels to Shannon all the time and he searches for her hand to touch and hold. His smile lights up the room when Carter is around. Obviously he recognizes the loves of his life and that is encouraging.
In an update from May 8th Shannon wrote:
“…In the last week Steve has regained strength enough to come off all oxygen and has begun eating, speaking, reading and had started to be able to move his right side a little bit. Every day he is progressing and I can tell he is in Warrior mode :) Seeing him smile and laugh again is the best gift I have ever received. To be able to have our family cuddles again and watching him beginning to be able to interact with his son again is indescribable. Steve has a journey ahead of him, but don't we all. The love and support we have received, and continue to receive, from so many has meant the world to us. Thank you. ..”
Steve is a warrior, facing the fight of his life and the road will be long. Shannon and Carter are Steve’s entire world and he will do anything he can to get back home to his family. Those of us who love this family can only imagine the heartbreak of having your life change in an instant and be helpless to support your family. Now is the time when he needs our help.
The reason and sad reality of the need for fundraising is that Steve, even though he is a long time employee of the City of Vancouver, does not have short or long-term disability coverage. For Steve, Shannon and Carter this means that soon Steve will have used up his banked sick time and the EI benefits he will receive will not go very far in covering his ongoing medical, rehabilitation and other expenses. While we hope that Steve’s recovery will allow him to return to work it will most likely be a long time from now. This fund is being established to help ensure this family has fewer financial challenges and stress during the time that is needed for Shannon to focus on Steve’s rehabilitation and Carter’s well being and care. All funds received will go to Shannon & Steve for expenses related to Steve’s recovery.
The family has been so grateful for all the messages and actions of support from Steve's friends, colleagues and fellow members of the Vancouver Police Department Traffic Authority, where he has been a member for 20 years. We know if this were up to Steve, he would not ask anyone for help. He is an extremely proud and strong man. But we also know that so many of us – friends and family here and around the world, want to do something to help this family that we love. We want to do something to make us feel a little less helpless.
Technology gives all of us the ability to reach out and build a community where we can now support each other like never before. What a wonderful opportunity to be able to reach out to all of you and have you know how you can help and support Steve, Shannon & Carter – thank you so much for whatever you can give.
Shauna Patterson, Vancouver, BC (Shannon’s sister)
Ellen Kurz, Burnaby, BC (Steve’s Cousin)