Peace of Mind Fund

$6,837 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 70 people in 8 months
Created December 5, 2017
Our wonderful colleague, Beth Purkhiser, was out walking to get healthier on Saturday and was struck by a van. She sustained multiple injuries and is currently recovering from surgery on her pelvis. She has a good prognosis but the pelvis is only step one of her list which includes her hand and knee in addition to all over trauma from the accident. It is my experience that settlements for situations like these take years to sort out and Beth supports herself as a private instrument instructor. Take a moment to give a little or a lot to make sure she can concentrate on healing and not worry about her bills for the time being. Certainly her music family can come together and support her through this difficult time.
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I’m completely humbled by the response of Beth’s community. Thank you thank you thank you! Many of you are Facebook friends and have been following her there but a short update is in order.

She moved to Lafayette Regional Rehabilitation Hospital last Friday Evening and has been deemed, the most injured person in the place—if not in Lafayette. She is struggling with pain but venting and keeping her humor as always. She begins a very aggressive therapy schedule today with sessions in the morning and afternoon with a break for lunch and rest. She is continually concerned with the welfare of her students and their ability to prepare for solo and ensemble with the reality of an extended rehab time in front of her but is considering the use of technology and what that would look like for her. Also...she is going to get a visit from Hillary Rotten Kitten which should do them both good I’d think ❤️

She has promised to update us personally in a bit but be patient, she is still in a LOT of pain and hasn’t even begun her rehab regimen yet. Message her directly with well wishes, quips, corny jokes etc. she too is overwhelmed by your generosity and support. Music family is, in fact, the very best.
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WOW! What a great bunch of people Beth has in her life. Here is a quick update:

She will be heading to an acute care facility in Lafayette as soon as a bed opens. Anticipating by Monday. She is holding on to her sense of humor as is evidenced by this quote from her reply to an update:

"I feel like my upper body strength is stepping up and I imagine a video of me locomoting around on that walker could go viral if paired with just the right music....Apparently my lungs don't want to work properly - they took being hit forcefully with a van to be insulting and they're sulking a bit. I'm doing breathing exercises to mollify my little lung sacs. My potassium is a little low so I'm having to drink something I'd liken to zombie bathwater. Apparently the van knocked the potassium right out of me. Perhaps someone could take a look on 9th street and see if it they can find it there, along with my very happening, prescription sunglasses?"

A mutual friend was going to check with the police department about her sunglasses but as you can see Beth is herself despite being quite broken in many places.

Keep her in your thoughts and continue to share, she will need all of this and maybe more. Settlements for these things can take YEARS....right now, she needs to worry about healing!
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I'm so proud of our community and the support of Beth that has already come! Please keep sharing and as we know more about how long she will be in rehab, etc. I will update! Music family is the BEST!
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I just donated what I pay for my boys’ lessons. Give what you can folks!
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Raised by 70 people in 8 months
Created December 5, 2017
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