The Dog River Howlers are donating $1,000 to the Judah Camp Fundraiser and we ask fellow Howlers and all rugby players to follow suite. Tax receipts will be issued.
The web page to make donations is -https://donate.rugbycanada.ca/e/judahcampbell
By Rob Mason-Brown, Kelowna BC
Judah Campbell is a loving son, brother, partner, friend, and teammate. He is a fun-loving, popular guy who recently finished his Bachelor’s degree in Human Kinetics. Up until this month he was applying for medical school and intent on becoming a doctor. Those plans are on hold – for now.
On October 5th 2013, Judah broke his C4 & C5 vertebrae while playing rugby for the Kelowna Crows Rugby Club, damaging the spinal cord and leaving him mostly paralyzed from the neck down. He has started the long road back to recovery and is making small steps in the right direction through intense physiotherapy and rehabilitation. He’s one of the hardest working people you’ll ever meet, but he needs help to get there.
Up until the day of the injury, Judah was self-employed. He has no work disability insurance. He cannot collect Employment Insurance. The Rugby Insurance he thought he was protected by only covers full paralysis as a paraplegic or quadriplegic. Despite the fact that Judah cannot use his hands, walk, or move his body unassisted in a coordinated manner, he has very limited movement in his legs and arms and therefore does not fit into their definition of a ‘Paraplegic’ or ‘Quadriplegic’. This former UBC Okanagan Varsity Rugby Player is unable to hold a pencil, or a glass of water to take a drink, and he’s not covered.
Judah was an excellent rugby player, and is an inspiration to everyone in his life. This was evident by the fact that Judah won the MVP of the year in Kelowna Crows 1st Division for 2008/2009 and 2009/2010 season, 1st Division's Most Valuable Back of year 2011, and UBC Okanagan Rugby Team's MVP 2011 season. He is determined to beat this injury and make the best recovery he can.
The Judah Campbell fund is aiming to raise $100,000 to help with the medical costs in the treatment and rehabilitation of Judah, help provide the constant care giving he currently requires, and assist with the future costs given his current state of paralysis along with adjustment to life outside the hospital. Follow Judah’s progress on Facebook at Judah Campbell Recovery page. Your donation and support is greatly appreciated.