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Help Kendra be Independent and Free

$67,845 of $120,000 goal

Raised by 428 people in 2 months
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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The karaoke fundraiser is tomorrow night! Here are some details to make your night as fun and seamless as possible!

Parking

There are a variety of parking options around Rogers Place. There are multiple EPark locations around the building. There is also multiple paid parking lots located north of the building behind the LRT Station.

Entrance

Please proceed to the main gate in Ford Hall upon arrival. You will see a host downstairs and, once through the security gates, you will be escorted up to Level 5 Studio 99. Prior to entry into Studio 99 you will see two hosts who will take your dinner ticket payments via cash, credit, or debit. If you are coming for just drinks, please proceed to the main gate in Ford Hall upon arrival between 7:45pm – 8:30pm. You will be greeted by a host and escorted up to Studio 99.

Dinner, Silent Auction, and Karaoke Details

Dinner will be a buffet including the Signature Studio 99 Wing Bar, Ribs, Build Your Own Taco Bar, Pierogi Bar, assorted salads, dessert station, popcorn treats, and much more, served from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. We accept debit, credit, or cash for all purchases or donations.

Silent Auction will run throughout dinner from 6:00pm until 9:00pm. The winners, who will be announced shortly after, are able to bring their items home with them when they leave.  

Karaoke will bring the house down from 9:00pm – 12:00am

Late Night Snack Poutine Bar is served for everyone to enjoy at 11:00pm

$4.00 drinks are served all night long until last call at 12:30am

Departure

All guests can leave through the Scotiabank Premium Entrance/Exit on Level 1 at their leisure. Please proceed down the elevator or stairs to Level 1 and out the South Entrance of Rogers Place.

Thank you for attending and for showing your support!

See you Saturday!
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Don’t forget to RSVP to the dinner and karaoke fundraiser on May 11 at Studio 99 in Rogers Place.. Buffet dinner($60) at 6pm, and drinks ($4) 8pm-1am.. Feel free to come to one, the other or both! RSVP by May 4 to rogersplacestudio99@aramark.ca

I can’t wait to see everyone there! Start practicing for karaoke

~Love Kendra
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Studio 99 fundraiser on May 11.. Come for 6pm if you like to have the buffet dinner.. If you are down for some drinks and karaoke come for 8pm.. either way RSVP to rogersplacestudio99@aramark.ca by May 4.. I hope to see you there! Thank you so much for all the support

~Kendra
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Been keeping busy here at the Glenrose.. Have full days of physio, occupational therapy, rec therapy, and lectures.. Added in FES treatment, arm strengthening class, and wheelchair skills class this week.. Went swimming for the first time on Wednesday, it felt great to get back into the water.. Was nice to feel vertical again and elongate my spine.. Wheelchair skills is definitely my favourite class so far, practiced doing wheelies on thursday, which was pretty awesome.. Went and tried out wheelchair basketball on Thursday evening.. it was a good time.. haha couldn’t make any baskets though, not used to shooting from so low off the ground.. always good to try new things.. Been keeping busy here, sorry its been so long since my last update.. but will keep everyone posted
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Created March 7, 2019
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