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Help Kendra be Independent and Free

$58,385 of $120,000 goal

Raised by 374 people in 18 days
Created March 7, 2019
“One minute I was having a great day and, just like that, the next thing I know, I’m on a plane to Edmonton with no feeling in my legs.” -Kendra

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On March 2nd, 4 days after her 27th birthday, Kendra went to Jasper for a weekend ski trip with her friends. The day was perfect-blue skies and ideal conditions. But on her second run of the day while coming around a turn, Kendra’s skis caught an edge causing her to lose control and throwing her backward into a tree.


Her friends were the first to respond. That was when she told them, “I can’t feel my legs.”


Within minutes ski patrol was on scene, stabilizing her and sending her by ambulance to the nearest hospital. From there she was air lifted to Edmonton and immediately admitted into the Intensive Care Unit where her concerned parents received her.

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X-rays revealed that Kendra had broken three ribs. Her back had broken in two places and her spinal cord had been significantly damaged currently paralyzing her from the waist down.


With such a complex procedure the surgeons needed days to prepare for her surgery. On Tuesday March 5th, Kendra underwent her operation. Now recovering from surgery, Kendra is trying to maintain a positive but realistic outlook on life. Things will be different for her from this point on as she learns to cope without the use of her legs.

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“I always hear people saying that in an instant, your whole life can change. I never really knew what that meant until this happened to Kendra.” -Friend 



Kendra loves the outdoors. She is a yoga instructor, a ski instructor, and she bartends at Rogers Place in Studio 99 for Oilers’ games and concerts on the weekends. She has a degree in Geology and has been presented with promising job opportunities this summer. Kendra is full of spirit and easily befriends everyone she meets. Kendra has been surrounded by family, including her retired parents, her younger brother and sister, friends and loved ones, who are all supporting her throughout this unimaginable accident. The community that surrounds her truly attests to the reach of her beautiful character and magnetic energy.

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Unbelievably, life as she was living it has been slowed down. Now, it is about adjusting to a new normal. About restoring the happiness, independence and freedom that Kendra knew before the accident.


“This all still feels like a bad dream.”-Kendra


While everyone has high hopes for her recovery and believes that Kendra’s strength and fighting attitude will push her through, Kendra’s rehabilitation will require significant financial support. Any contribution, big or small, will go toward ensuring that Kendra receives the best possible care throughout the difficult journey she is just beginning.

Your contributions will go toward:
- Her lightweight wheelchair 
$5500

- Wheelchair friendly vehicle    
$35,000

- Making her home more accessible   
(Bathrooms $12,000-Stair lift $8,000-Ramps $4,000)
$24,000

- Physiotherapy (2 a week for 3 years)  
$28,800  

- Covering her bills while off work (2 years)  
$45,000

- Treatments ( therapies, medications ect.)
$12,000

Total $150,300


“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” -Pablo Picasso


Please help Kendra in any way you can. Every contribution of financial help or services will make an enormous difference to Kendra, giving her access to healing opportunities needed for rehabilitation. Help Kendra to continue sharing her spirit and her gifts with the world. Together, we can do so much.

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Thank you so much for all of the words of support and encouragement.. Thank you for all the positive energy and for giving me strength.. Got in a wheelchair for the first time 1 week ago and only lasted 45min before I became light-headed and dizzy.. Everyday I have been out longer and longer, almost a full 12 hours yesterday.. I had 29 staples removed from my back, the incision is healing up nicely, especially considering surgery was only 2 weeks ago.. The bottom part of my spine is all metal now, I did a number on it.. Will be setting off all the metal detectors from a mile away.. but now I am ne step closer to becoming wolverine, so that's a plus.. Weaning off all the heavy pain medication, just down to Tylenol and advil, so I am feeling a lot more like myself.. Physio is going awesome, they are blown away every day at the rate of my progression.. I will be getting a different wheelchair this afternoon, it will allow me to do transfers from my bed to the chair without using the ceiling lift, and is configured so I can push myself around rather than making everyone wheel me around.. So it will be nice to have more freedom that way.. Thanks to everyone who has popped by, everyone is spoiling me with all the goodies and flowers.. It is nice to have my appetite back and feel like myself again.. Everything is going to take time to heal and find its place.. Have been getting tingly sensations in my legs at times, and could feel the cooling sensation from an alcohol wipe on my leg, and the pinch of a needle prick.. Although sensations are intermittent, it feels great to know there is some sort of connection there, and that things are changing for the better in such a sort window of time.. I am used to always going 100 miles an hour, so will have to be patient, and time will tell.. But so far so good.. I have surpassed all expectations in a short window of time.. and I am feeling stronger and stronger everyday.. Thank you for all of the love and support on this journey.. Impossible is nothing, and I know I am never alone in this. So blessed to have you all in my life.. Thank you from the bottom of my heart

~Love Kendra
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I want to thank everyone for sharing my story. With your help it has gotten the attention of CBC news. Thank you for your all your love and continuous support.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/skiier-i-still-have-everything-1.5055703
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“Thank you everyone for your love and support. I didn’t expect this to blow up so much.

I got in the wheelchair for the first time on Monday and started some Physio recreation stuff today, just some light weight training to keep my arms and upper body strong. I will be able to do more once the incision heals but I am off to a strong start.

I am thankful for how strong I was from yoga, kickboxing, skiing and spin classes. I’m glad fitness was such a big part of my life before this happened. My body is healing quickly and staying strong. “ - Kendra, March 12th, 2019
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