Let's Get Bourke Home

$94,075 of $75,000 goal

Raised by 685 people in 24 days
Created January 27, 2019
Family, Friends and Loved Ones-

On Saturday, January 26th, Bourke was hit by a car while riding a motorcycle in the Dominican Republic. He was there to complete his first marine survey which he had just completed school for in December. He was rushed to an ER where a CT scan was performed, and was immediately taken into surgery to alleviate the swelling on his brain. The surgery was successful in decreasing the swelling, but the neurosurgeon discovered he also suffered from a fractured skull. Bourke’s doctors decided it was best to keep him sedated for several days to allow his brain to heal. Justine flew down immediately when she received word of the accident, and she has been by his side since. He will be in ICU for a minimum of 72 hours and then another 3 days before they will consider medically evacuating him to the US.  

Justine and Bourke are both self-employed with basic insurance.  An accident in a foreign country is going to have extra expenses, not covered with their insurance. With your help and donation we are simply trying to alleviate some of the financial burden that comes with such a stressful situation. The medical evacuation alone is $20,000.

We all know that Justine & Bourke make an incredible team and have made such a positive impact in so many lives! Let's show them all the ways they have touched our lives. Anything you can contribute will help. Let's get Bourke home - back on the dance floor, fishing, and with their new dog Dolly!

Please continue to pray and send positive thoughts their way.

--With Justine's permission, this GoFundMe was created on their behalf by Alison DeFrancisco, Kevin Stemple, and Joslyn Stemple. 

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Bourke was medically evacuated to UF Health in Jacksonville, FL on February 1st. This could not have been done without the support of every single one of you. This GoFundMe is a true testament to his character and the people who love him and our family.

Upon Bourke’s arrival at UF Health, the trauma team discovered he also suffered a fractured spine when he was hit by the car. He underwent an anterior spine surgery on the afternoon of 2/2 and will undergo a posterior spine surgery today, 2/6.

Bourke is the strongest man I know, and I’m lucky that I get to call him my husband. I don’t know anyone else who could endure the pain of 3 major surgeries in 11 days and continue to fight every single step of the way.

The road to recovery is long and that timeframe is still unknown, but the support from all of you has carried me each and every day. We owe everything to our family, friends and faith. We ask that you continue to keep Bourke constantly in your thoughts and prayers.

Justine
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All - I can not put into words how grateful I am for all of you. I am simply blown away by the support shared for Bourke, myself, and the entire Cannon / Stemple family.

You never imagine that these type of things could happen to you or someone you love. The financial impacts are staggering. These donations allow our family to focus on Bourke, and we are forever grateful.

We remain hopeful that Bourke will make a complete recovery. We ask you all to keep him constantly in your prayers.

XOXO - Justine
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Raised by 685 people in 24 days
Created January 27, 2019
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