Metamorphosis of Katie

$36,010 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 402 people in 43 months
On Sunday, November 30, 2014 Katie and a fellow rider were enjoying a horse trail ride near Elk Lake. Despite the recent snowfall, the sun was shining.

Just as they were coming to the end of the trail something went awry. Katie and her friend are both very experienced riders but the horses took off running so fast it was out of their control. Katie's friend was able to jump off only resulting in minor cuts and bruises but by the time she got up, Katie was lying flat on her back. She ran to Katie's side and began to call for help.

Within 30 minutes Katie arrived at Victoria General Hospital where she was sent instantly for an MRI. From there she was immediately airlifted to Vancouver General Hospital to undergo an 8 hour surgery.

Unfortunately the accident caused damage so severe to the vertebrae's in her upper spinal cord that she was given the prognosis of a quadriplegic.

Katie is a very hands-on mother of 2 beautiful boys, aged 3 and 9. Her husband currently serves in the Canadian Military as a Clearance Diver. Katie is also a co-business owner of Mint & Lime Photography, a business that has been very successful.

It is estimated that Katie and her family will have to relocate to Vancouver over the next 12 months. This is where she will receive the best care and start her extensive rehabilitation.

Katie has already proven to be a hero to so many. Her strength, spirit and determination are inspirational. This page will share with you her journey as she develops this new chapter in her life.

We would like to kindly ask that you show your support but taking the time to donate. Whether it be financially, emotionally or spiritually. Katie has asked that anyone who is willing to share in this journey to please feel free to message this page and pass on some inspiration. She is also welcoming guests (she's a social butterfly). :)

"And though she be but little, she is fierce."
-Shakespeare
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Ted E. Wood
25 months ago

I had a similar experience where our two horses would take off running as soon as we returned home. My horse ran under a tree and a large branch was just at the right height that I could bend backwards and slide underneath. It all happened so fast, and I ended up with a really deep scratch on my face. My friend's saddle slid sideways and was hanging off the side of her horse. We were both lucky. That incident put enough scare into us that it was the last time that we rode together. It's a great inspiration to see you (Kate) continue along your path, loving and understanding those beautiful animals. You have great strength and courage.

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Richaard J. Anthony
32 months ago

Hi Katie, just saw your story on CTV News. Sorry to hear about your accident. I can tell you that most people I know with Disability Insurance - who have made claims have informed me that they had to retain a "disability lawyer." This seems to be a common trend. Manulife is one of the worst offenders. I know a guy who had disability Insurance with CIBC. He lost fingers in a work accident - CIBC denied him. He got a lawyer and got his money.

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Tina Laskosky
40 months ago

Hi Katie, I dont know you personally but have had heard about your accident and found myself very sad. I pray in time you will be living your life as you once did. My mom fell and broke her back and has been in a wheel chair ever since. Because of the support she has with her family and friends mom is getting by. Still smiling as she was so use to doing. My mom may never walk again, but she has a heart that beats every day indicating a purpose here on earth. In my heart I believe her purpose to be be here for her children and grandchildren. She makes us smile everyday and continues to tell us that love is everything. as long as you can still love you are a survivor. God bless you and your family and may the love stay strong within in your hearts

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April Catherine
42 months ago

Hi Katie, my name is April Doucette. We never met but I went to school and was in cadets with your husband (in PEI). The other day, my mother and I were talking about him. She was wondering where he was now. I knew he was in BC married and had children but did not know much more than that. I was looking for some info on our old corps for a university project and came across your story. My heart goes out to you and your family. I am very saddened about what has happened but I know that you and your family will get through this. I have had my own health issues for much of my life. I am in a wheelchair with Spina Bifida and even though it is not always to stay positive, having a positive attitude most certainly helps to heal physically, emotionally, and spiritually. You are in my thoughts and prayers and may God be with you and your family always.

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Shelley Clarke
42 months ago

Katie, I was shocked today to hear of your accident and wanted to tell you that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Although I've only known you for a short time it feels much longer and I wanted you to know that your amazing spirit and your love for life and your family touched me greatly. I wish the best for you and your family and hope you find the strength to fight your way through this journey. You are a beautiful person inside and out. xoxo

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Debbie Bailey
42 months ago

U just never know. Hope u get the help u need and are back riding again. Never give up

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Dave Roosa
43 months ago

Don't know if you remember us but you along with your partner took our family pictures after my 70th surprise birthday party. You guys took the pictures at Royal Roads. I have to say we are sorry about your accident. We are all praying that you will fully recover. You struck us as a real go getter and I am sure that will help with your recovery. We were totally blown away with the results of the photo session. You guys need to keep up the great work. Once again we hope for a speedy recovery so that other people can enjoy your great work. Good luck and I'm sure we will see you peeking through the lens again.

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Jenna Patricia
43 months ago

Hi Katie. You may or may not remember me but I am Jenna Boon and we went to elementary school (and some high school) together. We may not have been friends or been in contact but you have always struck me as a beautiful soul with your love for horses and your family. I am sending positive energy your way and wishing you nothing but the best! Keep on keeping on, life only gets better. :)

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Susan Margetts
43 months ago

I do not know you but your story touched me so.I to am a horse rider so we have a bond there as well as children although mine are now grown.I want to send you healing wishes and strength for the coming journey of recovery.Be strong those amazing kids of your need their mommy.You will be in my prayers.

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Ange Nicole
43 months ago

Hi Katie. We've never met, my name is Angela Hehr and I am a local musician here in victoria. I came across your story on FB and I just wanted to say I don't have much in the way of money but I can donate my music in any way that I can. I have a band and I also sing solo so if you or anyone in your family decide to do a fundraiser of any kind on top of this one I'm there. Your strength and positive attitude is a wonderful and beautiful thing. Way to go girl! Peace love and hugs to you and your family. My email is ahehr12@gmail.com I am also on YouTube and fb. Take care!

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Lillian Joubert
43 months ago

Katie, as a mother of three, I have recently become a grandmaman for the first time. Over many years since my divorce 14 years ago, I have looked forward to this very special event. However, God has a way of preparing us for the unexpected. The baby was 7 weeks early and my daughter had to have a C-section even though her hopes to really experience birthing naturally were so strong and she cherishes their baby with such affection, she also is a baby photographer, so she had to wait patiently for him to become chubby enough to be posable. He is now strong and over eight pounds around his due date. I found this easier to help her get through this, being there to help them, than being far away and just praying. I hope you can accept all the assistance graciously, as so many people just feel a certain strength helping others that makes them happier. Nothing to do with you personally. Another example of how God works in strange ways, I met a man 14 years ago that had a horse step into a hole in a field and tumble end for end, landing on the mans head. It caused a stroke, and it took him a full year to walk again, with the use of knee braces to keep his weakened muscles from tearing as his knee would flex backwards. He became a servant of the Lord, and praised , worshipped very exhuberantly for his life being spared. Knowing him, somehow prepared me for the man I am engaged to now. Five years ago a large window fell off a truck and knocked him over backwards with his head striking the pavement. It took him four months to walk again without vertigo, however the hemorage did cause some permanent balance problems, which he now uses a cane just for stability. Most people don't even see his disability, and therefor don't look out for him, so whenever I go out with him, I proudly hold onto his arm. I look up to his courage, to continue with his volunteer work and to make the best of every day. I hope you will see how, meeting someone who has suffered also makes others stronger and wiser in ways of making everyone feel important. Your family will no doubt be made into even more sensitive, caring people now, than if you just tried to teach them about strangers who have handicaps, and being polite. Keep smiling. You are so very beautiful.

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Ruth Wagner-schadeck
43 months ago

Keep up your great attitude.. it makes all the difference in the world to help your healing.. May God be with you and your family. My prayers are with you..

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Monique Booth
43 months ago

Hi Katie! Sorry to hear about your accident and wishing you well. My dad had a similar accident eight years ago and he asked me to forward you his contact information as he would like to help in any way he can with your long-term recovery. He spent a lot of time in GF Strong as well. His name is Victor VandenBoomen and his email is vvandenboomen@hotmail.ca. He also says to work hard every day and you'll see results.

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Heidi Barlow-Lee
43 months ago

best wishes during your recovery journey- I to had a riding accident in Beaver Lake - spent time in the trauma centre in vancouver and a year of learning to walk again......one story/person i really connected to during this time was Karen Brain www.karenbrain.ca - her book and her honest reflection of her accident and recovery might interest you. Big hug

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Ron Kirk
43 months ago

Katie, Hello my name is Ron . I am a T4 paraplegic spent many days in VGH and GF Strong . Sorry to hear about your accident ! However life still rolls on. I'm a father of 3 great kids and a Photographer too . I hope i can maybe come visit you in GF when the time is right .. Keep positive and Recover Fast ! Ron Kirk (250-618-5677 ) text me .

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Charlotte King-Harris
43 months ago

Katie - the huge amount of support you are getting in such a short amount of time is a testament to how much you mean to so many people. You are wonderful and feisty and we all know that you will take this challenge head on. Let us be your cheering squad - GO KATIE, GO!!

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Kaylie Michaud
43 months ago

What a tragic accident, as a rider myself I know this can happen to anyone at anytime. I can't imagine the struggles and obstacles you and you're family are forced to conquer. I hope you have a speedy recovery and I wish you and your family all the best.

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Carolyn Duggan-johnston
43 months ago

Calling on angels from everywhere in hopes ghour goals can be met! Concentrate on getting well and if possible..we are here to help. Rmd BC,ladner,Vancouver ,coquitlam..all helping share your story. Let's hope the news grabs it soon also.#twitter #socialmedia helps!

+ Read More
Nicole Brink
43 months ago

Katie, I am so sorry to hear you are dealing with this terrible injury. I have heard stories of people who have gone on to live happy and productive lives as quadripeligics, and I found this one in particular very inspiring. Here is the link. I hope when you are ready to read it this will give you some hope and a sense of optimism for your future life: http://www.streetsie.com/quadriplegia/ Sincerely and best wishes, and feel free to contact me if you want to stay in touch. I'm a mom too ;) Nicole

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Carla Scales
43 months ago

Katie, my heart goes out to you and your family in this tragedy. What you are going through is not something that I can relate to, other then it hits close to home as I am also a mother of two young children, and I have a horse of my own. I have found that I worry more than I used to about getting injured while riding now that I have my two little ones to be responsible for, but I know as a horse lover, that I would never give that up out of fear. What you were doing was living life, and something sudden happened that was out of your control and could happen to any of us. I am very saddened that this has happened to you, and in turn to your entire family, but I hope you can look back and realize that you were doing what you were supposed to in that moment. I feel confident when I say that you will get through this, and conquer it. Although, I do not know you, I know this because anyone who has experienced the love of horses has a huge heart indeed, and even if it's not apparent to you, there is a spirit deep down that cannot be broken. Please stay strong, and know that you are supported even by those who are strangers

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$250
Dave Parker
18 months ago

Dear Katie, wishing you and your family the very best in 2017!!

SG
$1,200
Sabrina Glaser
30 months ago

Excalibur Equestrian wishes you all the best for 2016

$50
Anonymous
31 months ago
AP
$50
Anne Powell
31 months ago

My heart goes out to you and your family Katie...you have inspired so many! I send you a great big hug and know that you are in my thoughts and best wishes for a solid recovery!

KC
$50
Kevin Caplehorn
32 months ago

Good luck to you all from Great Britan xx

GH
$30
Gillian Hackett
32 months ago

Sending my best wishes and prayers for good things to come your way.

Ted E. Wood
25 months ago

I had a similar experience where our two horses would take off running as soon as we returned home. My horse ran under a tree and a large branch was just at the right height that I could bend backwards and slide underneath. It all happened so fast, and I ended up with a really deep scratch on my face. My friend's saddle slid sideways and was hanging off the side of her horse. We were both lucky. That incident put enough scare into us that it was the last time that we rode together. It's a great inspiration to see you (Kate) continue along your path, loving and understanding those beautiful animals. You have great strength and courage.

+ Read More
Richaard J. Anthony
32 months ago

Hi Katie, just saw your story on CTV News. Sorry to hear about your accident. I can tell you that most people I know with Disability Insurance - who have made claims have informed me that they had to retain a "disability lawyer." This seems to be a common trend. Manulife is one of the worst offenders. I know a guy who had disability Insurance with CIBC. He lost fingers in a work accident - CIBC denied him. He got a lawyer and got his money.

+ Read More
Tina Laskosky
40 months ago

Hi Katie, I dont know you personally but have had heard about your accident and found myself very sad. I pray in time you will be living your life as you once did. My mom fell and broke her back and has been in a wheel chair ever since. Because of the support she has with her family and friends mom is getting by. Still smiling as she was so use to doing. My mom may never walk again, but she has a heart that beats every day indicating a purpose here on earth. In my heart I believe her purpose to be be here for her children and grandchildren. She makes us smile everyday and continues to tell us that love is everything. as long as you can still love you are a survivor. God bless you and your family and may the love stay strong within in your hearts

+ Read More
April Catherine
42 months ago

Hi Katie, my name is April Doucette. We never met but I went to school and was in cadets with your husband (in PEI). The other day, my mother and I were talking about him. She was wondering where he was now. I knew he was in BC married and had children but did not know much more than that. I was looking for some info on our old corps for a university project and came across your story. My heart goes out to you and your family. I am very saddened about what has happened but I know that you and your family will get through this. I have had my own health issues for much of my life. I am in a wheelchair with Spina Bifida and even though it is not always to stay positive, having a positive attitude most certainly helps to heal physically, emotionally, and spiritually. You are in my thoughts and prayers and may God be with you and your family always.

+ Read More
Shelley Clarke
42 months ago

Katie, I was shocked today to hear of your accident and wanted to tell you that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Although I've only known you for a short time it feels much longer and I wanted you to know that your amazing spirit and your love for life and your family touched me greatly. I wish the best for you and your family and hope you find the strength to fight your way through this journey. You are a beautiful person inside and out. xoxo

+ Read More
Debbie Bailey
42 months ago

U just never know. Hope u get the help u need and are back riding again. Never give up

+ Read More
Dave Roosa
43 months ago

Don't know if you remember us but you along with your partner took our family pictures after my 70th surprise birthday party. You guys took the pictures at Royal Roads. I have to say we are sorry about your accident. We are all praying that you will fully recover. You struck us as a real go getter and I am sure that will help with your recovery. We were totally blown away with the results of the photo session. You guys need to keep up the great work. Once again we hope for a speedy recovery so that other people can enjoy your great work. Good luck and I'm sure we will see you peeking through the lens again.

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Jenna Patricia
43 months ago

Hi Katie. You may or may not remember me but I am Jenna Boon and we went to elementary school (and some high school) together. We may not have been friends or been in contact but you have always struck me as a beautiful soul with your love for horses and your family. I am sending positive energy your way and wishing you nothing but the best! Keep on keeping on, life only gets better. :)

+ Read More
Susan Margetts
43 months ago

I do not know you but your story touched me so.I to am a horse rider so we have a bond there as well as children although mine are now grown.I want to send you healing wishes and strength for the coming journey of recovery.Be strong those amazing kids of your need their mommy.You will be in my prayers.

+ Read More
Ange Nicole
43 months ago

Hi Katie. We've never met, my name is Angela Hehr and I am a local musician here in victoria. I came across your story on FB and I just wanted to say I don't have much in the way of money but I can donate my music in any way that I can. I have a band and I also sing solo so if you or anyone in your family decide to do a fundraiser of any kind on top of this one I'm there. Your strength and positive attitude is a wonderful and beautiful thing. Way to go girl! Peace love and hugs to you and your family. My email is ahehr12@gmail.com I am also on YouTube and fb. Take care!

+ Read More
Lillian Joubert
43 months ago

Katie, as a mother of three, I have recently become a grandmaman for the first time. Over many years since my divorce 14 years ago, I have looked forward to this very special event. However, God has a way of preparing us for the unexpected. The baby was 7 weeks early and my daughter had to have a C-section even though her hopes to really experience birthing naturally were so strong and she cherishes their baby with such affection, she also is a baby photographer, so she had to wait patiently for him to become chubby enough to be posable. He is now strong and over eight pounds around his due date. I found this easier to help her get through this, being there to help them, than being far away and just praying. I hope you can accept all the assistance graciously, as so many people just feel a certain strength helping others that makes them happier. Nothing to do with you personally. Another example of how God works in strange ways, I met a man 14 years ago that had a horse step into a hole in a field and tumble end for end, landing on the mans head. It caused a stroke, and it took him a full year to walk again, with the use of knee braces to keep his weakened muscles from tearing as his knee would flex backwards. He became a servant of the Lord, and praised , worshipped very exhuberantly for his life being spared. Knowing him, somehow prepared me for the man I am engaged to now. Five years ago a large window fell off a truck and knocked him over backwards with his head striking the pavement. It took him four months to walk again without vertigo, however the hemorage did cause some permanent balance problems, which he now uses a cane just for stability. Most people don't even see his disability, and therefor don't look out for him, so whenever I go out with him, I proudly hold onto his arm. I look up to his courage, to continue with his volunteer work and to make the best of every day. I hope you will see how, meeting someone who has suffered also makes others stronger and wiser in ways of making everyone feel important. Your family will no doubt be made into even more sensitive, caring people now, than if you just tried to teach them about strangers who have handicaps, and being polite. Keep smiling. You are so very beautiful.

+ Read More
Ruth Wagner-schadeck
43 months ago

Keep up your great attitude.. it makes all the difference in the world to help your healing.. May God be with you and your family. My prayers are with you..

+ Read More
Monique Booth
43 months ago

Hi Katie! Sorry to hear about your accident and wishing you well. My dad had a similar accident eight years ago and he asked me to forward you his contact information as he would like to help in any way he can with your long-term recovery. He spent a lot of time in GF Strong as well. His name is Victor VandenBoomen and his email is vvandenboomen@hotmail.ca. He also says to work hard every day and you'll see results.

+ Read More
Heidi Barlow-Lee
43 months ago

best wishes during your recovery journey- I to had a riding accident in Beaver Lake - spent time in the trauma centre in vancouver and a year of learning to walk again......one story/person i really connected to during this time was Karen Brain www.karenbrain.ca - her book and her honest reflection of her accident and recovery might interest you. Big hug

+ Read More
Ron Kirk
43 months ago

Katie, Hello my name is Ron . I am a T4 paraplegic spent many days in VGH and GF Strong . Sorry to hear about your accident ! However life still rolls on. I'm a father of 3 great kids and a Photographer too . I hope i can maybe come visit you in GF when the time is right .. Keep positive and Recover Fast ! Ron Kirk (250-618-5677 ) text me .

+ Read More
Charlotte King-Harris
43 months ago

Katie - the huge amount of support you are getting in such a short amount of time is a testament to how much you mean to so many people. You are wonderful and feisty and we all know that you will take this challenge head on. Let us be your cheering squad - GO KATIE, GO!!

+ Read More
Kaylie Michaud
43 months ago

What a tragic accident, as a rider myself I know this can happen to anyone at anytime. I can't imagine the struggles and obstacles you and you're family are forced to conquer. I hope you have a speedy recovery and I wish you and your family all the best.

+ Read More
Carolyn Duggan-johnston
43 months ago

Calling on angels from everywhere in hopes ghour goals can be met! Concentrate on getting well and if possible..we are here to help. Rmd BC,ladner,Vancouver ,coquitlam..all helping share your story. Let's hope the news grabs it soon also.#twitter #socialmedia helps!

+ Read More
Nicole Brink
43 months ago

Katie, I am so sorry to hear you are dealing with this terrible injury. I have heard stories of people who have gone on to live happy and productive lives as quadripeligics, and I found this one in particular very inspiring. Here is the link. I hope when you are ready to read it this will give you some hope and a sense of optimism for your future life: http://www.streetsie.com/quadriplegia/ Sincerely and best wishes, and feel free to contact me if you want to stay in touch. I'm a mom too ;) Nicole

+ Read More
Carla Scales
43 months ago

Katie, my heart goes out to you and your family in this tragedy. What you are going through is not something that I can relate to, other then it hits close to home as I am also a mother of two young children, and I have a horse of my own. I have found that I worry more than I used to about getting injured while riding now that I have my two little ones to be responsible for, but I know as a horse lover, that I would never give that up out of fear. What you were doing was living life, and something sudden happened that was out of your control and could happen to any of us. I am very saddened that this has happened to you, and in turn to your entire family, but I hope you can look back and realize that you were doing what you were supposed to in that moment. I feel confident when I say that you will get through this, and conquer it. Although, I do not know you, I know this because anyone who has experienced the love of horses has a huge heart indeed, and even if it's not apparent to you, there is a spirit deep down that cannot be broken. Please stay strong, and know that you are supported even by those who are strangers

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