Shawnigan's Headmaster David Robertson a founding member of the Dog River Howlers Rugby Club sends this message - "Shawnigan Lake School will join with the Howlers and commit to raise $5000 for Judah, a young member of our larger rugby community - "It isn't just a game........." .
The Howlers also committed $1,000 towards this endeavour.
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.
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.
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.
Your donation and support is greatly appreciated.