Stephen Charest Recovery Fund

$91,831 of $75,000 goal

Raised by 1,030 people in 20 days
Created December 30, 2018
Friends & Family of Stephen Charest
on behalf of Andrea Charest
35749104_1546179097975752_r.jpeg35749104_1546179215965406_r.jpegOn Thursday, Dec. 27th Stephen was involved in an accident in which he fell 40+ feet while ice climbing/guiding in Smugglers Notch, Vermont, and suffered major traumatic head injuries as well as many others. He was airlifted from Smugglers Notch and remains in critical condition at UVM Medical Center. It is certain that Steve’s road to recovery will be long and arduous, with multiple surgeries and PT along his road back.

From climber and friend Taylor Luneau:

"Stephen Charest is a mentor to many, an educator, a lover of mountains and especially snow. His passion and excitement for outdoor pursuits is contagious and more than that, his love of sharing these pursuits with others is inspiring.

I’ve been fortunate to call Steve a mentor and importantly, a friend. Steve is of course so much more: a father, a husband, a son, a small business owner....I’ve always looked to he and Andrea as cornerstones of the Vermont climbing community.  Petra Cliffs Climbing Center & Mountaineering School has been a home for me and so many others.

I owe a lot to Steve for opening my eyes to the world of guiding, for investing time in my development as a climber and skier, and for giving me the tools to manage life’s hurdles. Thank you, Steve, for everything that you do."

While he is a fighter, he and his family need our endless support at this time. Steve has mentored, encouraged, instructed and inspired so many climbers, skiers, paddlers & outdoor-enthusiasts young and old that the time has come for us all to show our support. We hope that you'll help us raise funds that help to support Steve, Andrea and their young daughter McKinley through what we know will be an incredibly difficult road to recovery. Any financial stress we can relieve through this campaign will allow them to focus their attention on where it should be - on healing.

Thank you for any and all support you are able to give at this time.

* Updates on his condition will be made in time, as the family sees fit and as they become available.
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Update 8
Posted by Tim Farr
2 days ago
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Steve's on the move ... and outta the ICU! Wahoo.

He's been moved to another floor and is rollng down the halls in a wheel chair and even got to hoppin' on one leg down the hallways too!!!

He's made great progress these past couple days and we're psyched for the progress to continue.
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Update 7
Posted by Tim Farr
5 days ago
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The past couple days have been good for Steve.

Yesterday the ICU staff got him up and out of his bed and into a recliner chair in his room a couple of times. And he's doing a better job adjusting and communicating with the speak/swallow valve he has in. Today Andrea handed him his phone and he promptly turned on a favorite Podcast of his to help pass all the time in the ICU.

Some great progress being made these past couple days. Keep it up Steve!
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Update 6
Posted by Tim Farr
9 days ago
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Some updates on Steve...

He had surgery on his left wrist and left ankle yesterday and both went well. He's rockin' metal now in both places with screws and bolts holding things in place.

Doctors put a speaking valve into his tracheotomy tube today and he's now making attempts to communicate this way. He's been able to communicate that he's ready to go home, and that he's still in pain from all the fractures throughout his body, but that elevating his arm helps, and that he's uncomfortable and not psyched. :(

But, he's starting to communicate more and more and showing signs of positive progress each day; which we like. :)
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Update 5
Posted by Tim Farr
12 days ago
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Steve's facial reconstruction surgery went well last Friday and lasted just over 6 hours. Parts of his jawbone and upper & lower teeth have been wired together, along with plates placed in spots. Now it's a waiting game as the fractures heal. He is still in his ICU room recovering and this-morning there was some talk of possibly making it into surgery again for his left ankle, or his left wrist or possibly both.

Still taking it day-by-day and each day brings small improvements of some kind.
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Raised by 1,030 people in 20 days
Created December 30, 2018
Friends & Family of Stephen Charest
on behalf of Andrea Charest
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