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Help Kendra and Corey after motorcycle crash

Cause page created in the Health category by Ritchie Wards for "Kendra Smith and Corey Thompson"

$14,707 donated
Given by 382 generous donors in around 3 months

Please help Kendra, Corey and their family during their recovery from a motorcycle crash

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If you don’t know Kendra and Corey you most likely have heard of them through their involvement in the community. As a young single mum she took up the reigns of President of the Featherston Rugby Club, before meeting and falling in love with Corey. They have been involved with outreach on the Kapiti Coast helping Māori and Pasifika youth.

Early in the afternoon on 12 January Kendra and Corey were involved in a serious motorcycle crash involving a truck. They were separately helicoptered to Wellington Hospital with extensive damage to their bodies. Kendra was about 5 months pregnant at the time, sadly, through trauma the baby has not survived.

Kendra and Corey have now both have undergone major surgeries. Corey has lost a leg and surgeries have managed to save his arm. Rods have been inserted into the bone fractures in Kendra’s leg. They hope it can be saved.

They are both waiting on plastic surgeons to further repair soft tissue. The surgeons have informed us both Kendra and Corey’s recovery time is looking at approximately 12 to 18 months.

Throughout everything that’s happened over the last few days Kendra, Corey and their families have done their best to remain positive, especially for their young families.

About Corey and Kendra

To say determined is an understatement. Kendra has young son and Corey 3 beautiful daughters. They are committed and amazing parents.

Corey is a painter/plaster and Kendra works in retail, though recently set up her own cleaning business to support their growing family.

Everyone has a past, but these two have chosen to take a new road and set a good example for their children. They would do anything to help anyone in need – and sure have over the years in their communities of the Wairarapa and Kapiti Coast.

If you are in a position to help, even a few dollars, this will go along way to help these amazing people on their lifelong recovery and support their children. There will be big expenses on the long road to recovery – lets set up this fund to help them on their way and to give back to them for their service to the community.

Ritchie Wards' involvement (page creator)

I'm a close family friend

Use of funds

To help cover ongoing medical costs not covered by ACC, potential modifications (TBC) to living arrangements for assisted living/disability access and day to day living expenses for Kendra, Corey and their young family.

Latest update

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Things are on the up  5 April 2021

Posted by: Ritchie Wards

We have been a little quiet over the last couple of weeks as Kendra and Corey have been settling in to life back at home with on going rehab. Corey has mastered vacuum cleaning from his wheel chair and is getting more and more use from his hand every day. Kendra underwent major surgery on her leg just before Easter. After rehab and time for her leg to heal she should be able to walk again.

The photo was taken just after Kendra received the news she had a date for her operation (which has now happened)

With the use of technology Kendra was able to watch her son attend his first swimming lesson - an emotional moment for any parent. Over the last couple of weeks their parents Pa'i and Shayne have also celebrated a significant wedding anniversary. Big love to them and Corey's family who continue to provide so much support.

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Latest donations

Rory on 27 Mar 2021
Sorry for your loss hope you guys get well soon
Carolyn on 20 Mar 2021
Hope you guys are making steady progress.
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Guest Donor on 20 Mar 2021
Good luck with your recoveries
mike on 19 Mar 2021
hope the brother and sister are doing better
Julie on 12 Mar 2021

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Paying to a verified bank account of Nifo Ili on behalf of Kendra Smith and Corey Thompson

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