Fundraiser in Honor of Candy Dungan, Pro DH Longboarder, Mom, and Inspiration to All: Craig for Candy!
My sister, Candice (Candy) Dungan, is a professional downhill longboarder, a mom, and an inspiration to many. She raises awareness about gender inequality in longboarding, encourages young girls to be fierce and courageous, and is a voice for all those affected by sexual assault. She is also a mom to an almost-eight-year-old girl who is growing up to be just as amazing and strong as her mother.
Last week on March 28th, I received a phone call from our mom saying that my sister had been in a tragic longboarding accident while training. She hit a guardrail and broke her spine, leaving her paralyzed from the waist down. Within an hour, we had the whole family traveling to Colorado Springs and within a few days, her gofundme page had hit its original goal of $20,000.
See, our family does not give up. We do not accept no as an answer. We fight with everything that we have to make sure that each and every one of us has the best chance to succeed. Growing up with a single mother, we were never handed anything and had to work for everything. We've gotten bad news before, and we know how it feels to have to put the work in to get what we need.
So when we found out today, after being promised by doctors and nurses at Memorial Hospital that my sister would be transferring to Craig, that there is actually a chance that she may be discharged before a medicaid bed is available at Craig, we knew this would just be another obstacle that we would have to fight to overcome.
My sister is #2 on the Craig waiting list for a medicaid bed. She has until April 27th to be transferred otherwise she will no longer be eligible to be transferred to Craig. Her caseworker also said there really is no other choice than Craig.
This news is devastating. My sister has dedicated her entire life to her sport and to using her sport to empower girls and women of all ages. Her gofundme page did not reach its goal because of wealthy family members or friends; it was raised by 517 people giving gifts on average of $40. The page also was shared 2600 times. She had gifts from South Korea, Italy, France, Singapore, Germany, New Zealand, England, Switzerland, Spain, Poland, and all across the United States, and those are only the ones I could pick out from the comments.
Now, yesterday, I started a Team Craig fundraising page for my sister with a modest goal of $200. I'm running a 5k+half marathon race in a few weeks and figured, hey, why not do some good and dedicate it to my sister by raising money for Craig? Today, that goal changed. The goal is now to raise enough money to show Craig the impact Candice will have on Craig when she is admitted. Appropriately, the race I'm running starts on April 27th, the same day by which Candice must transfer to Craig. So, every mile I run between now and the end of my 5k+half marathon will go towards trying to get Candice admitted to Craig Hospital. Please support her by giving $5. The more donations we get, the greater the impact.
When my sister is admitted to Craig, she will not only bring the spirit and hard work of a committed professional athlete, but also the support, both financially and emotionally of 2600 friends and family, from at least 11 countries around the world. We have until April 27th to make this happen.
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