On September 3 of last year, our friend Samantha Parton was in a car accident on Salt Spring Island, BC. She was a passenger in a friend’s car when they were hit from behind by a pickup truck traveling at high speed. Due to the force of the impact, she sustained multiple injuries to her neck, back and shoulders, as well as a concussion.
Since then, recovery has proved to be a long and challenging road. Physiotherapy, chiropractic, and massage treatments are ongoing. In early April, Samantha was involved in another car accident, which compounded her existing injuries and made the already long journey even longer.
At the time of the first accident, Sam’s band, The Be Good Tanyas, was in the midst of a touring cycle. September shows were postponed, and the band toured without Sam in October. In November, Sam made a valiant effort to participate in touring, but traveling and performing proved to be too physically, mentally and emotionally demanding. While there has been and will continue to be improvement, she still struggles to play her instruments without pain, and is only able to do so for brief periods. She has had to make the difficult decision not to return to touring and performing until she is fully recovered. With Samantha’s blessing, The Be Good Tanyas have continued to honour their 2013 tour commitments, and in late August they will head to the UK with a friend of the band filling in on harmonies.
A CT scan in December to check for concussion-related trauma turned up a small meningioma (tumor) on the right side of her brain. When doctors decided to take a closer look via MRI, the tumor (which Sam has nicknamed ‘Wendy’) proved to be benign. Good news! However, the MRI revealed another problem: an aneurysm behind Samantha’s left eye - large enough it would need to be dealt with.
Samantha is now scheduled to go in for cranial surgery on September 3, 2013 to have the aneurysm clipped. With a recovery period of 6 weeks to a year from date of surgery, combined with the ongoing recovery process from her two accidents, this is a difficult time financially for Samantha. While she hopes that insurance will eventually reimburse her for accident-related costs, she is in need of financial assistance to help her cover living expenses and medical costs to come.
Our goal is to raise $15,000 to help Sam through this difficult time.
Sam is grateful to have an excellent team of healing professionals who have been supporting her recovery, as well as so much support from wonderful friends, family, and fans of The Be Good Tanyas. She has one of the top neurosurgeons in Vancouver who will be performing the procedure, and while brain surgery is a little scary, she is visualizing a positive outcome and a smooth recovery.
The band will be on tour in the UK soon, with Caroline Ballhorn filling in for Sam.
Donations are accpted via credit card or PayPal. For those wishing to pay by cheque, they can be mailed to:
PO Box 88066
Chinatown, Vancouver BC