Hunter Pinke's Medical Costs

Hunter Pinke, a University of North Dakota Football player and spiritual leader from Wishek, ND, was involved in a skiing accident in Colorado on December 27th, 2019 when he collided with another skier and was thrown head-first into a tree. Thanks to a helmet he was wearing, he didn't suffer a head injury, but his spinal cord was severed between the T6 and T7 vertebrae and there was heavy leakage of spinal fluid. He has no movement or feeling in his lower extremities.

We are asking for prayers for Hunter, his family, and the medical professionals helping him. We also wish to take any financial burdens off of the Pinke family's shoulders and provide for them. There will be costs surrounding surgery, medical care, and physical therapy. 

Bubba Schweigert, UND's football coach stated "these players become like family members. When these things occur, we know wins and losses take a backseat to what the program is all about. It's about building relationships and preparing young men for the future. When I think about Hunter, I know he's got a strong Christian faith and is the spiritual leader on our team. I know he'll be very courageous and fight through any adversity that this accident has dealt him."

Hunter shared his thanks for everyone's support. "Thank you all for prayers and well wishes. Can’t wait to get to work. Thank you all again I have no words to describe the support and prayer that’s been shared.  I WILL WALK AGAIN!!"

Hunter's mother, Katie, shared "Hunter has a future but not the one he had planned. We ask for continued prayers for all aspects of the surgery to take, work, heal, fuse and lead us to the next step of Hunter’s journey. We are praying for BIG miracles. Please keep praying. Hunter is awake and knows your prayers can work miracles in him and heal his body. We are praising in the storm that Hunter has his MIND and his VOICE in all of this, both gifts he will continue to use for good."

Proverbs 16:9 is a Bible verse Hunter is leaning on, "In their hearts, humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps."


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Organizer and beneficiary

Erica Yaggie 
Grand Forks, ND
Kathryn Pinke 
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