An online fundraising campaign has been launched to raise money to help the family of a Kamloops man who was seriously injured in a motor-vehicle accident.
On Tuesday, July 23, Jones was the passenger in a car that hit a hydro pole and was launched 93 feet away, just west of Vernon.
Jones was taken by ambulance to Kelowna General Hospital because he couldn’t feel his legs. After further evaluation and a CT scan, it was discovered his T12 vertebrae was shattered and he needed to be transported to Vancouver General Hospital, where doctors could better treat his injuries.
Jones was flown to Vancouver, where he underwent surgery on Wednesday, July 24, to place rods and screws in his spine. While the surgery went well, he has not regained feeling in his legs. Jones is expected to remain in hospital for at least a month during his initial recovery.
Rob and Kelly Charon have created the online fundraiser.
“Our goal is to raise as much money as we can to help reduce the financial worries that come with this stressful situation,” they posted on the site, which can be found at https://www.gofundme.com/f/tory-jones-and-family.
As of Friday, July 26, the campaign had raised $14,000 for the Jones family.
Jones is a certified utility arborist and the sole provider for wife Chelsea and children Kaisha, 6, and Eli, 2.
Wife Chelsea posted the following on the site on Thursday, July 25:
“Tory’s doing amazing post surg. Tonight was great to see him joking & of course picking on me like usual. I will be speaking with doctors tomorrow morning about his surgery so I can get some clarification on the procedure etc. Big big thanks to everyone for all the love and support... We have a frickin army behind us and we are beyond thankful & grateful for everyone and everything. Words can’t even describe how wild the past couple days have been! It’s all a healing game from now on please keep on praying.”