Ben Smith and Emily Skrok need our help.
As some of you already know, on July 5th Ben Smith fell approximately fifty feet while establishing a new rock climb in western Maine. Ben sustained multiple fractures, chiefly to his face. Ben received his first surgery on 7/6, followed by a second on 7/9. On 7/24 he underwent a third surgery to attempt to repair his left temporomandibular joint (his jaw).
Ben recently graduated from the University of Southern Maine as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. His USM student insurance policy expires 7/31. This will leave him without insurance until he can begin his practice in Bangor (which of course can not happen until he has recovered from his injuries).
Prior to his third surgery Ben’s un-adjusted medical bills had amounted to approximately sixty five thousand dollars. In the weeks and months ahead there will undoubtably be more treatments and bills on the way. His current insurance will certainly pay most of his present bills, but even with a temporary policy to bridge the gap until he starts work Ben will still be held responsible for an estimated twenty thousand dollars in medical expenses.
On top of the medical expenses, Ben will have to go without income for at least two months while he recovers. We are asking for an additional five thousand dollars to help cover Ben and Emily’s living expenses until Ben can start his new job in Bangor.
As friends, partners, climbers and fellow outdoor enthusiasts let’s all pull together as best we can to financially help Ben and Emily through this difficult and uncertain time. With this campaign our goal is to raise twenty-five thousand dollars.
Please donate generously to Ben’s Go Fund Me campaign. Please share this page and spread the word.
Ben and Emily need our help.
- Kevin Fahey
- Kerri Vacher
- derek jette
- Jeremy Robichaud
- Ben and Liz Harder
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