A Kamloops mother of three is unable to work for months after breaking her hip and suffering a concussion in a motorcycle crash last month.
Melissa Toews has organized a GoFundMe fundraiser for her sister, Michelle, who was injured in the crash north of Kamloops on June 22.
“[She was] driving up Paul Lake Road and caught by gravel, thrown into the ditch and a week in hospital with a broken hip, rib, and now post-concussion syndrome,” Toews told Castanet.
Michelle is a mother to three kids who are all under five years old, with the youngest being just nine months old.
“We are so thankful that she is OK but she has a long road to healing, and on top of it has to somehow support her three kids,” Toews said.
Toews lives in Vancouver, and she figured starting a GoFundMe to help her sister would be one way she can help out.
“I know times are not easy for anyone right now, but hoping if you’re able to contribute anything to help support food, diapers, formula, rent, and other payments to keep this mama and her kids floating while she can’t work, we’d be forever grateful,” Toews wrote on her GoFundMe page.
“I’m hoping we’re able to raise enough to hire at least a part time nanny ... to help out with the kids because I can’t imagine trying to care for the three of them alone through all of this; it’s too much for one person to handle.
Toews noted her sister works as a medical lab assistant, but her injuries will leave her unable to work for at least three months.
“[She] will be applying for medical EI but it barely covers her rent,” Toews wrote. “She is not someone who expects anything from anyone and is always helping everyone else out. I’m hoping we can return the favour a bit to support her through this."