Support Chelsea Ellis's Mission To Recovery

On behalf of Chelsea Ellis, her family is seeking monetary donations to fund medical expenses for spinal cord injury rehabilitation, not covered by health insurance.  A 3-month stay at $5,000 per day, along with approximately $55,000 for air ambulance transport to and from the facility, means she will require $515,000 to get state-of-the-art rehabilitation at Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colorado. This rehabilitation is critical to her future well-being and ultimately to her return to home. Chelsea’s family is praying for a generous outpouring of donations to facilitate paying for these extraordinary costs.

Chelsea is a 29-year-old woman who miraculously survived catastrophic injuries sustained on April 15, 2020.  She was a pedestrian on the sidewalk in the City of Buffalo, NY when a police SUV responding to a 911 call, crashed into a car, lost control and struck her. She flew a great distance and suffered multiple fractures, including severe injuries to her spine and brain stem.  Chelsea is currently quadriplegic and ventilator dependent.  She has miraculously regained cognitive function and has the same great personality. She engages with family and friends via FaceTime using facial expressions, eye motions and by mouthing words. 

Chelsea is a joyful, selfless human being who leads a life of Discipleship. She is a teacher of English to speakers of other languages and loves refugees. She recently became a realtor with the ambition of finding decent housing for the immigrant/refugee community in Buffalo, NY.  Chelsea has done missionary work in 12 different countries around the world. Her love for Christ and passion for spreading His word is her main objective in life. Within the last year, Chelsea bought a house and started an educational ministry out of her home to help refugee children and their families. She also regularly held Bible study in her home hoping that others might also be empowered by the love of Christ. 

Friends of Chelsea created a Facebook Group entitled “Chelsea’s Army” which is now over 2,100 members strong.  Individuals from this group have been fervently praying for her over the past six very challenging weeks.  Places of worship and people in all 50 of the United States and in 72 different countries around the globe are praying for her restoration. Chelsea has lived a life of helping others. Now she needs YOUR help! Please prayerfully consider making a donation for this critical next step in Chelsea’s recovery.  God bless you and your families during this difficult time and thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!

If you want to know more about her impact on others' lives, please watch this local news story:

If you have any specific questions or advice for our family, you can contact me through a Go Fund Me message, or by emailing me at [email redacted] 

If you would prefer to donate outside of Go Fund Me, there are a few options. You can send a donation to my Venmo handle, @brandon-ellis-23. If you use Zelle, you can send a donation to my account, which is associated with the email address [email redacted]. If you are old school, or simply enjoy writing checks, you can make checks out to “Chelsea Ellis” and send them to this address:

Brandon Ellis
C/O Emil Hellwig
PO Box 322
Ellicottville, NY 14731

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Brandon Ellis 
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