Krystopa: A trauma’s edge softened by community’s care
Ryan Summerlin June 3, 2013
On December 16, our 9-year-old daughter was hit by a skier traveling at a high rate of speed; he knocked her unconscious and then left the scene. She was flown to a hospital and spent a week in the PICU. She has suffered a traumatic brain injury. She has recovered much more quickly than the doctors expected, but she will have to make some life changes in the activities that she will be allowed to do.
As difficult as this experience has been, we feel very blessed for many reasons and we have so many people to thank. First, we would like to thank Keystone Ski Patrol for their quick response and care, the bystanders that were there to help, the Keystone Clinic, ambulance and air ambulance drivers. We would also like to thank our friends Cara and Mike Webb, Jaime Levi, Kendra Carpenter, Cathy Amsbaugh and Emily Galvin for organizing a benefit to help cover the cost of our medical bills. We also appreciate Adriano’s in Dillon for hosting the event and The Jukebox Hero for volunteering his time and music.
We always felt lucky to live in such a beautiful place, but the response to our daughter’s injury also showed us what a kind and generous community we live in. Words cannot express our gratitude for all of the generous donations from our friends, people we have never met, and local businesses. One person’s unkind act has showed us how much true kindness there is in the world and we are so grateful for everyone’s support.
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