Minden rallies for fall victim
|By Mark Arike - Staff Writer | August 30, 2018
Minden residents are pulling together to help one of their own.
Immediately after suffering a serious fall on Aug. 22, friends and family of Craig Smith sprung to his aid. Positive posts went viral on social media and more than $7,000 had been raised as of Monday to support his recovery.
The goal, according to a Facebook page titled “Getting Craig Back on His Feet,” is $20,000. Smith, who is a volunteer coach of the Minden Minor Baseball League, was airlifted to Sunnybrook Hospital for treatment. The circumstances of his fall are unclear, but the family updated supporters on his condition in a Facebook post.
“Craig has suffered a traumatic fall and has multiple injuries including ruptured bladder/urethra, multiple fractures of his pelvis and some broken lower vertebrae,” it read. Smith underwent a five-hour surgery to “stop the internal bleeding, plate and pin the pelvis and a partial repair of his bladder.” “He is on a very long road to recovery but he is so strong-willed and the strength he is receiving from his family, friends and our wonderful community is going to help him complete his journey. We send our love to everyone and know we truly mean it from our hearts.”
Local resident Cheryl Hamilton is assisting with fundraising efforts. A co-ed Halloween baseball tournament has been scheduled for Oct. 27 at S.G Nesbitt Memorial Arena. All proceeds will support Smith’s recovery.
“Tammy [his wife] and Craig give so much to our community through running our adult ball league as well as our kids’ leagues. They’re involved in pretty much every fundraising effort for anyone in our little community,” said Hamilton in a post. Cash donations can be made online at gofundme.com/j2gkyn-craig-smith or to a TD account. For more details, call Tracey Gilbert at 705-854-1109 or Hamilton at 705-455-2500.
MARK ARIKE is a reporter for The Highlander.