With the unexpected car crash, and their Australia visit turning for the worst, Christina and Frank find themselves in a stressful financial time.
They are expected to find their own place to live and pay their medical expenses while Christina can not work and Frank's season is coming to an end. Frank will be able to find a job during the off season thanks to their Australian community, but with that income alone, it will be hard for them to keep their heads above water. They are paying out of pocket for medical expenses and will not be reimbursed for 12 to 24 more months. They are unable to leave Australia because if they do, Christina's medical coverage will be gone. She needs months of therapy to be able to walk again.
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As most are aware, Christina was involved in a serious car crash December 19th, 2017 and was hospitalized for 15 days in Canberra, Australia.
Frank and Christina were beyond excited for their adventure to Australia this baseball season. They left Philadelphia on November 9th and landed in Australia the following day. 40 days later, Christina, her host mom Alanna, and her host brother Tj were all involved in a head on collision while driving south towards the coast of Australia.
The crash was due to a woman in another car who was high on a form of heroine known are "ice". She was actually suppose to be in court at the time of the crash, but instead, she decided to get high and jeopardize the lives surrounding her. Five innocent people were badly injured due to her bad habit, but thankfully no fatalities. Everyone was very lucky to survive especially considering the physical impact each car endured. Canberra Crash Article
Christina had two major surgeries. The first surgery was for her stomach. Her intestines erupted due to the impact of her seatbelt. The second surgery was for her broken femur where they placed a medal rod along side her femur bone for it to heal properly.
After the 15 days of being hospitalized, Christina was finally able to go home. It was a glorious day when Christina was able to gain some sort of comfort by being able to head back to her Canberra host's home with Frank and their host family. She is not alone with her healing process as she has TJ and Alanna by her side, who also suffered tremendously. They are all in this together and it's a beautiful thing.
Christina and Frank have many medical expenses that they are currently paying out of pocket for... the insurance company will inventually reimburse them for all medical expenses, but that will take ATLEAST 12-24 more months. Frank's baseball season is over, and there will be no major income flowing for them while they stay in Australia and focus on Christina's rehabilitation.
Christina also does Rodan + Fields Skin Care, if you would like to purchase some of her products, that would be another way to help them financially.
Any donations are appreciated and will help the cause. We understand many people have their own financial struggles and may not be able to contribute. Please know that is completely fine and we only ask that you continue to support Christina and Frank as you have been.
As our loved ones, we do not want them to struggle a second more. Since we can not be there physically for them, lets be there for them by doing this. They have given to us in so many ways, and would be there for us in a heartbeat, so let's show them the same support!
Hoping we get a great response. Honestly, I know how many people love Christina and Frank, so I already expect to be blown away with the love and donations.
Thank you in advance for you generosity and your continued support for my sister Christina and her husband Frank.
- Karen Fox
- Aloysius Stuhl
- Marybeth Thornbury
- Jenn Danei
- Michelle DiCicco
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