This fundraiser is for our beloved friend Ed Steinkamp. On April 30th Ed left for a lifetime opportunity to hike with his son Bret in Victoria, Canada. What started as a beautiful experience with stunning views turned suddenly tragic a few days later when Ed had a freak accident and fell. He ended up with a stick puncturing his brain through his eye and needed to be airlifted by Pacheedahl First National Guardians to Victoria General Hospital. It took them 6 hours and a refueling by the national guard before they could get him . Ed was rushed into surgery and hospitalized in ICU. He has been moved into their Neuro Trauma Ward, where he is currently under the care of a neurosurgeon. Ed is now fighting infection and is in much pain. It has been determined he has lost sight in one eye and is fighting an ongoing fever. His wife Wendy flew out immediately and is staying at a hotel near the hospital along with Bret. The costs for this will be enormous, from the airlift rescue and the medics who attended to him, to the brain surgery and needed drugs, the ambulance rides to the Ophthalmologist, the CT scans, as well as the lengthy and undetermined time he will need to remain hospitalized in the special ward as well as Wendy and Bret's hotel stay bills. Ed will not be allowed to fly for months, so they will now need to rent a vehicle and drive him across the country to get home when he is finally released, which with the cost of car rentals and gas and another week of hotel bills can be enormous.
This fundraiser is so that Ed can concentrate on getting well and not worry about how he will take care of his family or pay for these bills. Please help us achieve our goal. Ed has touched so many of our lives with kindness and laughter. He has never turned down any one of us whenever we have asked for help or in our time of need. Let us now help him in his.