One second, one seemingly innocuous moment is all it takes to change the life of a person and a family forever.  That moment happened to Banff’s JP Middleton on March 9th while skiing at Mount Norquay.  A hard fall after getting bounced over a cat track caused him to break one of his vertebrae causing severe damage to his spinal cord.  He’s been in hospital in Calgary ever since, working with a team of therapists in the hopes of regaining feeling and mobility in his lower body.

With JP’s wife Katrin expecting their second child in July and a massive bill to turn their home into a more accessible one looming,  the community of Banff has really stepped up to the plate to help out a local family in need.  As of this writing nearly $70,000 has been raised for the Middleton family through gofundme.  They’re hoping to raise even more money at a fundraiser on Monday. May 7th at the Banff Rose & Crown.  I spoke with organizers Megan Iskauskas and Sarah Russell about the support they’ve received so far for the event and JP’s story.

Anyone interested in volunteering to help with this event or making a silent auction donation can email Sarah or Megan.

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