Herding Cash for Sarah

$12,066 of $25k goal

Raised by 187 people in 20 months
Jennifer Pokigo Cahill  NEW BOSTON, NH
That smile...always a smile.  This page has been set up to help a beautiful, vivacious young woman who has been presented with a crap set of circumstances.  Sarah departed NH on Saturday, August 1st 2015 for a camping trip with her motorcycle friends from the group Herding Cats.  She loves her bike, affectionately named Sally, a 2014 Suzuki LS650. This bike was the perfect fit for her petite frame, and Sarah loved it.  

Around 630 pm on Saturday night, minutes from her meeting place with her group, fate put Sarah in the right place at the wrong time. After a 2 hour ride down highways and through quaint Rhode Island towns, Sarah would meet up with an alledgedly intoxicated driver of an SUV who failed to stop at a stop sign, swerving into Sarahs lane and hitting her head on.  Sarahs body took the force and she was thrown to the poison ivy laced ditch on the side of the road.

Fully conscious, Sarah was aware the other driver continued up the road and did not stop. Her attempts to crawl to the side of the road were futile due to her injuries.  Thankfully, several people passed by and renedered care to her until EMS and Rescue arrived. 

Sarah had the piece of mind to instruct bystanders to retrieve her phone from her tank pouch, and while others called 911, Sarah alerted her waiting group of the accident.  several of the group responded to the scene to assist with her care and acquire her personal belongings. 

Members of the local rescue squads attended to her injuries.  Trauma team at Rhode Island hospital was notified and Sarah began her 40 min ride to Rhode Island Trauma hospital.  Sarah had 5 hours of surgery to stabilize her thigh wounds, and her multiple fractures. 

The laundry list of injuries, broken shoulders, shattered elbow, broken pelvis,  shattered femur, broken bones in her foot, and a very serious soft tissue injury to the thigh that may require skin graphs at a later date 

The good news; Sarahs injuries are non life threatening.  No internal organs were damaged, her beautiful face and smile and brain all intact thanks to the timely purchase of a full face helmet.  

The bad news; Sarahs orthopedic injuries are going to leave her with an extensive rehabilitation period, where working will be out of the question for an extended period of time. 

Sarah has motorcycle and health insurance, and we are still awaiting word on the other driver and their Insurance status.  With Sarah not being able to work, her friends and family have started this gofundme page to help her with expenses that will not be covered by insurance. As we all know, life continues when tragedy occurs. Rent, bills, daily expenses still continue. 

Sarah is an avid motorcyclist, skilled leather artist, hard working, positive, beautiful young woman who would never ask for help because she is way too independent we all love her that way!  Time to rally the troops and support in any way you can so we can ease the financial burden that will be created for her by this setback. 
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Update 14
Posted by Jennifer Cahill
18 months ago
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Amazing turnout here at Cuisine En Locale in Somerville in support of Sarah. Huge thank you to Chrissy Vaccaro, Jake Cutler and Matt Charette for all their hard work. Many, many people were behind the scenes making things happen without ever asking for a mention. Thank you, all, from the bottom if my heart!
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Update 13
Posted by Jennifer Cahill
18 months ago
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http://www.vanyaland.com/2015/10/07/she-rides-boston-rock-scene-comes-together-to-help-sarah-winslow-after-motorcycle-accident/

As we have already shown, Sarah has awesome support from her friends and family. She has been at home since September 5 th after a very stressful "mistake" at he Rhode Island hospital had us believing her leg may not be saved. Since leaving and getting back home, she has made amazing progress. She has been able to do PT and OT at home, and had daily nursing visits to help deal with dressing changes for her leg wound. The leg wound is extremely painful but Sarah has been incredible and continues to strive for successful recovery.
Financially, many of the home care costs have not been covered completely by her health insurance. As most of us dont find out until we need it, health insurance companies limit certain benefits to reduce their liability. Although going home was great for Sarahs psyche, it changed her benefits and now we begin the fight to get things paid for. One box of 10 special bandages for her leg wound was $76. Since dressing changes were daily, you can see how this would build up in cost. We have been able to adjust things, but it is getting tight again, already.
Her next step will be skin grafts in November. This surgery is scheduled. What this means for her is that there is light at the end of the tunnel. She will need continued physical therapy as when a large area is skin grafted, the resulting scar tissue gets tight, and since the graft will be over the knee joint itself, this will need some extensive rehab to keep her joint loose enough to achieve partial flexion. Anyone who has had to have PT after an injury ir surgery knows what that means.
Please support Sarahs recovery by buying a ticket to this awesome show being out together by her friends. I hear the raffle items are incredible. Come on down to Somerville and see Sarah and say Hi and enjoy the music!
As always, thank you for the outpouring of support. Sarah is a pay it forward kind of girl. She has a heart of gold, and your kindness and generosity and prayers will be returned.
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Update 12
Posted by Jennifer Cahill
19 months ago
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**READ ME!!**
Sean Cringe of Bay State Tickets has offered to donate Red Sox tickets to tonight's game at 710 pm to anyone who makes a donation of any amount to Sarah's Gofundme page. Tickets are $20 face value each but any donation will result in a Red Sox ticket being emailed to the donor. Please supply an email address in the donation so that I can reply with Sean's email address! Thank you Sean and Bay State Tickets for your support!!
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Update 11
Posted by Jennifer Cahill
19 months ago
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Sooooo everyone, it's been an insane 24 hours. Sarah has been on an unbelievable roller coaster of emotions, but in the end, the results are positive, and Sarah got great news. We are ready to start on her next phase of recovery!
Of course, there are frost heaves in the pavement, and the ride isn't always open road with wind in your face, but Sarah has come through this journey with renewed spirit and is ready to face the next turns.
The reality is costs have started to sink in. Minor things like copays, necessary accessories, medical equipment and things that in the first 30 days we hadn't considered, we are realizing that extended stays at hospitals spoil you to things that you hadn't considered.

Sarahs Herding Cats family has been awesome, and her family and friends have been so generous. Great people have reached out and donated in her time of need. We cannot express in words how much that support has carried her through the first 30 days of this incredible test of her will.
It seems that this journey has started a new chapter, and we are again reaching out for shares of her story. Her prolonged recovery period means it is possible that her health insurance deductible could come into play again, so I have increased her fundraising goal to $25,000. This will allow us to support her efforts to recover without the added burden of worry about finances.
Anyone who knows Sarah knows that she will spend her time paying this generosity forward once her recovery goals are completed. Please share her story with family, friends, motorcycle clubs, acquaintances, and anyone who will listen. We are ever thankful for everything that has been achieved through this site, and even more thankful for all that has not been taken away by this unbelievable circumstance.
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Cliff Hurst
18 months ago

It was woderful to see you the other day! Your smile, your spirit, and your courage is amazing! You have made grett progress and we look forward to the day when you can return to Merrimack Street Volvo. I am so happy that you are near by,at the Concord Hospital. I will cotinue to pray for your recovery. Your friend Cliff.

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Cliff Hurst
20 months ago

Sarah, I was so happy to hear the good report of your progress! It is wonderful that so many people care about you and are encouraging you through this difficult time in your life. During times like this we can chose to become bitter or better. Your smile, your strength and positive attitude through all the pain is amazing. I served as a chaplain to the Armed Forces Europe during the time of the Vietnam War. The moral of the troops was very low at that time and a colored woman came to sing in our chapel. She sang "If I can help somebody, as I go my way, them my living shall not be in vain". I believe our main purpose in life is to help each other. I am looking forward to your return and your beautiful smile. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Your friend, Cliff

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Cliff Hurst
20 months ago

Sarah, I hope you are getting good care and that you are continuing to heal. We miss your smile and need you here to brighten our days. Thoughts and prayers, Cliff

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$12,066 of $25k goal

Raised by 187 people in 20 months
Created August 5, 2015
Jennifer Pokigo Cahill  
$100
Anonymous
18 months ago
ZZ
$76
Zuff Zuffante
18 months ago

Sorry I couldn't make it out to Somerville last night!!

$25
Cheryl Ann
18 months ago
MS
$50
MARC SAIDEL
18 months ago
1
1

Hi Sarah...we all miss you!!!!

JT
$50
Justin Tousignant
18 months ago
1
1
DH
$50
D Harris
18 months ago
KL
$50
Katie Leroy
18 months ago
ML
$25
Maria Lepore
18 months ago
SH
$50
Sue (Pokigo) Hanscom
18 months ago

Prayers for a complete recovery!

TF
$25
Troy Fabrication
19 months ago
Cliff Hurst
18 months ago

It was woderful to see you the other day! Your smile, your spirit, and your courage is amazing! You have made grett progress and we look forward to the day when you can return to Merrimack Street Volvo. I am so happy that you are near by,at the Concord Hospital. I will cotinue to pray for your recovery. Your friend Cliff.

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Cliff Hurst
20 months ago

Sarah, I was so happy to hear the good report of your progress! It is wonderful that so many people care about you and are encouraging you through this difficult time in your life. During times like this we can chose to become bitter or better. Your smile, your strength and positive attitude through all the pain is amazing. I served as a chaplain to the Armed Forces Europe during the time of the Vietnam War. The moral of the troops was very low at that time and a colored woman came to sing in our chapel. She sang "If I can help somebody, as I go my way, them my living shall not be in vain". I believe our main purpose in life is to help each other. I am looking forward to your return and your beautiful smile. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Your friend, Cliff

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Cliff Hurst
20 months ago

Sarah, I hope you are getting good care and that you are continuing to heal. We miss your smile and need you here to brighten our days. Thoughts and prayers, Cliff

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