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Getting Nick back on his feet

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Nick needs your help to get back on his feet after a life threatening accident while running across America. Please help Nick and his family

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Rehabilitation Treatment Tragedy

Nick Ashill, an ultra-marathon runner from New Zealand, was living his dream, running across America, 5,400 km’s from Los Angeles to New York raising money for the Pulmonary Fibrosis Trust. Nick’s mum died of pulmonary fibrosis in 2015 so it is a charity that Nick is deeply passionate about. He understands that people and families with pulmonary fibrosis need practical, emotional and financial help. Now Nick needs this from all of us.

In the second week of May 2017 Nick started his run in Los Angeles and followed the historical Route 66 before veering off at Illinois, through Indiana and Ohio. With only 922 km's to go Ohio is where the run ended for Nick as he was involved in a serious hit and run accident and left badly injured in a ditch on the side of the road. Miraculously Nick was speaking to his wife Sarah in Cyprus when the accident happened and Sarah was able to alert his support crew and get the emergency help he needed. You may have seen the news reports about Nick’s accident.

Nick was left with compound fractures to his leg and pelvis and the doctors say, is very lucky to be alive. He unfortunately had a set back with a perforated bowel and a serious infection and to date has had 5 major surgeries. The cost of medical care grows daily. His rehabilitation is due to take about 6 months in Ohio and Nick needs your help. Once Nick is out of hospital he needs to go through intensive rehab and needs help with the daily cost of living: rent, groceries, transport and most importantly a paid carer. These costs could be more than half a million dollars.

Nick says he wanted his run to “Inspire ordinary people to do extraordinary things and to never be afraid to dream big”. This is an extraordinary situation and now Nick needs your help.

All donations, big and small will help Nick get back on his feet and back to his family. Thank you for “helping Nick to get back on his feet”.

You will find more on Nick's story at

Links to news reports:

ABC6 - TV News (7th August, 2017)

NBC4 - TV News (8th August, 2017)

10TV - TV News (7th August, 2017)

ABC6 - TV Interview with Nick, (27th August, 2017)

TV10 - TV Interview with Nick, (29th August, 2017)

NZ Herald - News article (2nd September, 2017)

Stuff NZ - News article (2nd September, 2017)

Use of funds:

Funds will be used for hospital and medical bills, rehabilitation costs and aids. Nick and his family also need to pay for the day to day life costs of rent, food, petrol, power, phone. They may need to hire a care giver.

Page created by:

I am involved in this campaign because I am Sarah's (Nick's wife) first cousin and I want to help. We have a small family, but a strong family and I love Sarah, Nick and the girls, and this is how I can help out.

All funds raised benefit:

Sarah Ashill


Funds will be paid to a verified bank account of Sarah Ashill.
“Hi Sarah & Nick Please let me know if I can do anything for you at this end or if you need any remedies. Mike”
“I live in Oregon and read your story in a New Zealand article. I subscribe to news their on my daily feed, as I'm going to visit in February and like to get a feel for the daily news. I know it's not much, but from personal experience with medical expenses, I know anything helps. I hope you experience more good in the world from the wake of this that overshadows the bad of that terrible day. Good luck with recovery!”
“Praying for a speedy recovery.”
“Trusting you have a successful recovery, Nick. My very best wishes to you and your family.”
“Wonderful family.”
“Awesome all the way , you are doing so incredibly well . Keep it up - you will do this ❤️”
“Watching the vid of you standing again brought tears to my eyes, keep up the awsome work, you have already come so far, all the best.”
“We have you guys foremost in our thoughts and we are sending you much much love - Kia kaha our kiwi Dubai friends xx”
“All our love and positive thoughts to you, Sarah and the girls xxx”
“And insurance companies wonder why they get a bad name”
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