Here is a note from Conor Kenny. Please come and support:
AsÂ some of you may know my good friend Keith O’Connor had a very serious accident in Whistler.
It was the final weekend of the Olympic Games.Â Â Keith and IÂ were snowboarding in Lakeside Bowl on Blackcomb Mountain. Keith hit some avalanche debris which was hidden under the snow and was ragdolled down the hill. He broke his back at the T4 level, completely severed his spinal cord, broke both his shoulder blades and perforated his lung with broken ribs. Keith was airlifted to Vancouver General Hospital where he underwent lengthy spinal surgery. At VGH, he was lucky to be examined and operated on by the prominent surgeon Dr. Marcel Dvorak. Tragically, due to the extent of his injuries, the Doctor was limited in what he could do, and Keith awoke to find he was paralysed from the chest down, a condition to which he is still coming to terms with at this time.
On the 18th March 2010, when his lung was deemed to have recovered sufficiently to fly, Keith travelled from Vancouver to Ireland via Frankfurt. He spent about a week in the Mater Public Hospital in Dublin, Ireland before being transferred to the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRC) in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland. His treatment in Vancouver and his flight home, were covered by his travel insurance. However, this has exhausted the available funds.
In an effort to raise money for Keith’s rehab, equipment and home renovations,Â my friends and IÂ are holding a “Fundraiser Night for Keith O’Connor” on Friday, April 23rd at Scribes RFC at 2205 Commercial Drive (upstairs in the Legion – use side door on 6th) from 7pm onwards. The Canucks game will be shown on a big screen tv andÂ we are also running a poker tournament once the hockeyÂ finishes.
Tickets are $20 (includes raffle ticket) and I shall have tickets with me all week at work if anyone would like to support our event.
If you are unable to attend, but would like to donate you may do so with a credit card or paypal account via the following link:
I am also running my firstÂ MarathonÂ in the BMO Vancouver Marathon on May 2nd next and am hoping toÂ raise funds that way also.
Thanking you in advance for kind support.