Thank you so much for visiting our son's donation site. I am Tim, Ben's dad and our family would like to ask for some support during our son's time in need. On February 7th, starting the morning heading to our favorite resort to have a fun filled day of snowboarding with my boys. The snow was deep and plenty of powder yet a little sticky on the flat runs. On our way heading to lunch at the base we decided to race to the bottom. The conditions brought unexpected moguls making things unsettling to say the least. We all took our turns at multiple slide outs but Ben’s accident was different. At an extremely high speed he lost control and tried to recover using his toe edge to try to slow down his downward momentum. At these speeds it took longer to stop which caused him to skip on his toe edge putting major pressure on both ankles. When he finally came to a stop he knew he was hurt badly. I saw the tail end of his stop and came over to him and asked if he was alright. I could tell by the pain in his voice that he was not, he grimaced the words "it's bad Dad". One of Ben's friends Spale immediately came by and asked if he was alright. After assessing the pain we knew he would need help off the mountain. Spale headed to the base and within five minutes or less a mountain Rescuer was at our side. His name was Tyler and he helped Ben with an understanding of his injuries. Transporting Ben to the base clinic took a snowmobile and a stretcher, thankfully we were there before we knew it.
After taking X-rays at the clinic we received the news of the extent of his injuries. Ben's right ankle had multiple fractures and his left ankle had another fracture.
The medical team braced and bandaged Ben up in order for us to take him home until he could be seen by a Specialist. The following day we went to an orthopedic surgeon where we received the severity of his injuries. Ben is going to need surgery with six to eight weeks of recovery time on crutches and in a wheelchair.
With Ben’s occupation being contracted Painter, he will not be able to financially support himself through the duration of his heal time. Our family set up a donation page to ask for help. Whatever you can do would be deeply appreciated during this difficult time. Ben will have surgery the week of February 11th and our family will be right by his side caring for him until he gets back on his feet (literally!).
All additional funds raised over the amount listed above will be donated to Winter Park Search & Rescue.
Thank you so much for your help and support.