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GoFundMe campaign for jogger severely injured after being hit by car raises more than $20,000

Graham Yeulet and Julie Sorensen

A GoFundMe campaign set up for Graham Yeulet who was seriously injured when he was hit by car October 5, has raised more than $20,000.

Yeulet was hit while jogging near Ospika Boulevard and Davis Road at about 5 p.m. and sustained life-threatening injuries. He is currently in hospital in Vancouver. The driver of the car remained on scene.

“We have started this fundraising page to raise money to support our dearest friend, Graham Yeulet, in his journey to overcome a severe brain injury and multiple fractures,” according to the GoFundMe page set up by Silene Myers for Julie Sorensen. “Graham is an incredible spouse, son, brother, uncle, friend, Journeyman Red Seal Instrument Mechanic at Canfor, athlete, runner, skier, hiker, two-stepping partner, nature lover, and an overall amazingly talented and kind-hearted gentleman. When he wasn’t at work at Canfor’s Northwood Pulp Mill, you could see Graham taking his two Labrador retrievers for an adventure hike, fishing at Purden lake with family, skiing the deepest powder, working on a new project for the house, or grabbing a beer at the local brewery with friends.”

His injuries included: skull fractures, traumatic brain injuries, and several other fractures. He underwent several surgeries to repair his leg, as well as his clavicle. They installed an inter-cranial pressure monitor and have discovered seizure activity in his brain. He is still in the intensive care unit in VGH but he is not able to respond to commands at this time, according to the page. These injuries will require Graham to undergo extensive rehabilitation over the next couple years including speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy.

“The donations from the page will be put towards supporting Graham and his partner, Julie, in order to pay bills, mortgage payments, and travel and living expenses, as well as to create a savings for their uncertain future,” according to the post. “Julie and Graham’s mother, Kathy, are staying in Vancouver while he begins this long journey. We anticipate that in the immediate future Graham will not be returning to his job as an instrument technician. We do not want him to worry about financial burdens as he begins his recovery.”

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