Our dear friend @ChefJustinSutherland needs our help.
On Sunday, July 3rd, like many Minnesotans, Justin was enjoying a day off, boating on the water with friends. Of course, he was the "Captain" and of course, he had to wear an official captain's hat.
While piloting his boat, Justin’s hat blew off. He tried to grab it, hit a wave, and was knocked off the boat. He fell into the water near the motor, and the propeller did a number on his head and left arm. His arm is broken, but his grip remains strong and there appears to be no nerve damage. His jaw is severely broken, but doctors are optimistic that with several more surgeries he will be grinning in no time. In addition to his broken bones, he sustained many lacerations, but with plastic surgery, they will become a reminder of his survival story.
The great news is, he is going to be fine. He is adding more character to the face we know and love, and the most important news, his beard is intact.
Justin is currently in the hospital and set to be there for some time, having had many surgeries so far and facing many more to come. While he would love to talk to everyone as he is recuperating, his jaw is currently wired shut, so don’t take it personally if he can’t call you back just yet.
Justin, as seen on TV, is at his core a chef whose hospitality and humanity is a gift we all are invited to share, with a seat at the table he created. At the time of the accident, he had no health insurance.
This is where we step in and step up, as many of you have been asking what can be done to help.
Money raised from this site will go to his medical bills, and his expenses while he is unable to work. The road to recovery is going to take some time, but you know, Justin loves a good journey. It is going to take a supreme effort, but this is a man who DOES NOT STOP.
In the meantime, keep sending your heartfelt messages of support, watch his shows, order his book coming out in September, and take a moment to tell your people how much you love them.
Fundraising team (6)
St. Paul, MN
Lauren Brooks Golden