Support for the Hanks Family
This page is to support Robyn through the loss of her husband Kevin, and her son Koben being in an induced coma with serious head injuries.Manawatu / Whanganui
Many of you would have heard about the fatal car accident at Mangitinoka on Thursday 4th April which claimed the lives of my sister's husband and her son's best friend, and left her two oldest boys hospitalized - one in a coma with brain injuries.
It is heartbreaking that Kevin's life was taken so suddenly and tragically - he would have been turning 41 on the 15th of April. It will take the family a long time to adjust to life without him.
Kevin was American but had made NZ his home and resided in Woodville for the last 14 years with his amazing wife Robyn and their kids, Kasen (15), Koben (12), Allyka (10), and Ryker (8).
He spent 10 years working hard on our family farm (Peak View) before moving off there and working at a local plant nursery.
Kevin was a very sociable person and heavily involved in the local community. Kevin was a passionate squash player and also volunteered his time with search and rescue, coaching local children's soccer teams, as well as previously being chairperson for the Woodville School Board of Trustees.
Kevin was also a talented photographer, and as a side hobby had captured many precious memories and weddings over the years - some of this work is viewable on the Hanks Photography Facebook page.
His son Koben is currently in an induced coma with serious head injuries and is being flown to starship hospital.
Koben has always been a happy, outgoing kid who puts his all into everything. He is a keen sportsperson, especially loving his cricket, squash and soccer.
Koben was looking forward to celebrating his 13th birthday on Monday 8th April with his BMF (Best Mate Forever) Macauley whose life was also tragically lost in this accident.
The family thank you all for the love and support already received - it is truly appreciated.
Elise Bilich's involvement (page creator)
I am Robyn Hanks' sister and know that times ahead will be very tough for her so want to do anything I can to help her have one less thing to worry about.
Use of funds
Funds raised from this page will go to Robyn to cover expenses such as funeral costs, as well as things like petrol, food, and accommodation for the family while they are with Koben giving him the support and love he needs right now. We aren't sure what ACC is covering at this stage so if the funds are no longer required for funeral expenses the family would appreciate using them towards being able to have time off work to work through their grief and help Koben on his long road to recovery.
Hi everyone, thanks so much for your generosity and kindness - it has blown us all away.
Just want to give you all an update on Koben and let you know that he is doing really well!!
He is still in starship but is out of ICU, feeding himself, writing, and talking a little bit too. His progress has been amazing to watch and we hope that it will continue.
I will close this give a little page in a day or two (just want to give you all a chance to read this update) as there has been more money given than we ever dreamed, and we have no requirement for any more.
I have also uploaded a few photos in the gallery of koben just taken recently over this Easter weekend.
Much love and thanks xx
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This page was created on 6 Apr 2019 and closed on 10 May 2019.