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Team Eric to the Rescue
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Ended Dec 25, 2015
On Oct. 13th, 2015, 21-year old Eric got into a major car accident. As he struggles to come out of a coma in Edmonton AB, his family, primarily from Ontario, is asking for donations to support efforts in providing compassionate companionship.

THIS IS ME

This is me, Eric

Hi my name is Eric Vezeau and I am a 21 years old French Canadian from North Bay, Ontario, with deep roots in Cochrane, Ontario. I moved to Grande Prairie, Alberta about a year ago for a change of scenery and to check out the job market.

 

When I moved here, I bought a truck (as do most Albertans) to get to work.  Life was good for a while, but was short-lived once the oil sector started to spiral down.  After being let-go from my job, I wasn’t ready to throw in the towel, and decided to give the great province of Alberta another try by taking a job with a sanitation crew. While the work wasn’t very thrilling, the crew was pretty cool and fun to hang around with. 

 

THE ACCIDENT

On October 13th, 2015, I was cruising down the highway near Grande Prairie Alberta with my girlfriend and got into a serious car accident. My girlfriend is fine thanks to her seatbelt, but I flew out of the truck. Here’s the accident report. http://www.albertapolicereport.ca/2015/10/14/two-injured-in-single-vehicle-rollover-in-highway-43-near-wembley/

This was my truck

I was in a coma for almost two weeks.  … I only started to come out of it on October 25th and am still fighting for my life at the University of Alberta Hospital where I am receiving amazing care. Miraculously, the only part of my body that was not impacted seems to have been my spine. At the time of posting this campaign, (October 29th), I could move my left side much more than my right side, and could open my eyes and give a “thumbs up” if I liked something.

WHY I NEED YOUR HELP

The day following the accident, my mom (Chantal), dad (Claude), sister (Stephanie), brother (Marc), grandma (Cecile) flew in from Northern Ontario, while my uncle (Dan) flew in from Montreal as they were told I may not survive. So far, my family has spent close to $15,000 to be by my side, not including the time away from work and other loved ones, along with other responsibilities. All of these expenses have been out-of-pocket. Some close family members and friends have contributed to offset some of these costs (Thank you so much), but my family remains in need of more support. My mom has advanced MS and limited mobility which presents a challenge in terms of finding inexpensive accessible accommodations. Being out-of-province also means complicated access to provincial services for compassionate care providers & companions, as well as finding temporary housing and adapted transportation. Some family members have stayed and continue to stay by my side here in Alberta, others have returned to Ontario to work.

 

Also, I have about ONE month left at the U of A Hospital followed by several months of rehab. For now, I don’t need anything because I am very well taken care of. However, once I’ll be in better shape, I will need tons of rehab and not all of it will be covered by our Health System.

 

WHAT MY FAMILY AND I NEED

$10,000 to recoup what has been spent to date

 

ONE-MONTH STAY IN EDMONTON FOR THREE CAREGIVING COMPANIONS

$2,000 for temporary housing & services

$500 for local transportation

$2,500 food and incidentals ($80/day)

$2,000 for plane tickets (3 return flights)

 

REVISED TOTAL ESTIMATED COSTS: YAYYYYYY!!!

$17,000

 

While cash is preferred, gift cards are always welcomed in lieu of cash.

 

Finally, you can DONATE PERKS. From materials, to gift cards, to coupons and discounts on services, you can help provide incentives for large donations. Your time is money. You can do stuff like offer to go pick-up groceries or clean a house for someone in your local community, bake cookies, etc. The Sky is the limit. If interested, you know what to do.... contact Uncle Dan.  

My family and I thank you for your compassion and support. 


Sincerely,

Eric

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