Moving Mountains for Drew

$24,125 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 272 people in 22 months
Lauren Stephens
on behalf of Bonnie Stephens
 RAPID CITY, SD
Our son/brother/grandson/nephew/cousin, Drew Stephens, is a fantastic 24-year-old guy who's going through a really rough time. On January 8, Drew was finishing his last sweeps as an EMT and Wilderness First Responder at Terry Peak (the SD ski resort where he works) when he fell from a chairlift and sustained a severe spinal cord injury. He has a long road ahead of him, but if there's anyone who can take on this challenge, it's him.


We've created this site to support Drew with the costs of medical assistance, rehabilitation and physical therapy, costs of adapting his lifestyle, and his family's travel costs to be with him during a long recovery. These costs can run into the tens of thousands of dollars, so we want to give Drew as much of a headstart as possible. 

Any donation, large or small, will move mountains to return Drew to the lifestyle he loves. Please help us get our mountain man back into the mountains by chipping in and telling your friends!


Drew has so much going for him. He is strong, fit, healthy, and stubborn as hell. He also has the benefit of a huge group of family and friends who send their gratitude for your prayers, positive thoughts, and love. He is an outdoorsman, a beer fiend, a little brother, a son, a friend to many, and a relentless pursuer of happiness.


Drew's currently recovering in Rapid City and is resting a bit more comfortably after leaving the ICU. When he's stronger he will be relocating to a  world-renowned rehabilitation hospital focusing on spinal cord injuries.  Once there, Drew will begin the healing process and start the work to get back to his active lifestyle. 

Thanks for your support and check out his caringbridge site for updates on his progress. 

While Drew is hospitalized and rehabilitating, his mother Bonnie Stephens will have access to Drew's GoFundMe account to withdraw funds as necessary.
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Good news from Drew: he's been accepted by the world-renowned Craig Rehabilitation Hospital in Denver where he'll get his strength back and start making plans. He'll be on his way there tomorrow in an air ambulance and is expected to have the best weather of the week in route.

He and his family are immensely grateful for and stunned by the generosity we've seen from friends and family, near and far. We've really witnessed the value of community in the past week and are all comforted knowing Drew has such a tight and broad network cheering for him. Thanks to all of you for your support and for spreading the word.
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A CaringBridge campaign
Alexis Zoellner
22 months ago
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Drew helped me when I hurt my knee on the slopes on New Years Eve and was so amazing and helpful! You guys are in our prayers!!

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Roxie Dacar
22 months ago
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Harlan and Bonnie, prayers for Drew for a complete recovery. Prayers for you two also.

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$24,125 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 272 people in 22 months
Created January 10, 2017
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19 months ago
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20 months ago
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Brian & Lynette Engle
20 months ago
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You are a strong young man and we know you will have a bright new future.

SF
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Scott Feiler
20 months ago
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wanted to make it to the fundraiser yesterday but my buddy I was riding with before it got injured and we had to leave. I hope the best for ya brotha!

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20 months ago
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Rick & Debbie Beffrey
20 months ago
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Your Michigan cousins are keeping you in their prayers!! God is holding you in the palm of His hand!

Alexis Zoellner
22 months ago
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Drew helped me when I hurt my knee on the slopes on New Years Eve and was so amazing and helpful! You guys are in our prayers!!

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Roxie Dacar
22 months ago
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Harlan and Bonnie, prayers for Drew for a complete recovery. Prayers for you two also.

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