On Oct. 3, Marilyn Cieszykowski, partner of Osprey Packs' marketing director Gareth Martins, was seriously injured during a bicycle crash in the highlands of Ecuador.
A remarkable coordinated effort was made to medical air evacuate Cieszykowski to Denver University Hospital to receive emergency care within 48 hours. She sustained several serious injuries in the crash, including brain injuries and fractures to two vertebrae and the skull. While many aspects of her prognosis cannot be fully predicted at this time, the overall outlook is for a strong, full recovery over time. Her progress can be followed at www.marilync.blogspot.com.
The exorbitant costs of medical air evacuation from a foreign country were not covered by health insurance. (SNEWS® note: This type of insurance is not expensive and highly advisable for trips out of the country.)
Fundraising efforts, organized by Osprey and the local community, have already raised nearly $20,000 toward the incurred debt, but there is a long a way to go with over $40,000 of outstanding debt remaining.
SNEWS® is joining with many other friends of Gareth and Marilyn to ask you to consider offering up whatever support you feel appropriate for a longtime industry member, and friend, in need.
Anyone interested in making a contribution can send a check to:
Greater Dolores Action
In the memo, write "Marilyn Fund"
P.O. Box 14
Dolores, CO 81323