Woman asks public to help fam­ily of Jay Cousins

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON - BY SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE smont­gomery@cb­post.com

A Scotch­town woman is ap­peal­ing to the public for help with a fundrais­ing cam­paign for Jean and Melvin Cousins of Scotch­town, who are by the side of their son Jay, 35, as he re­cov­ers at Regina Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal from a hor­rific mo­tor-ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent.

Lau­rie Car­ri­gan, a close friend of Jean’s for 25 years, said she started the GoFundMe cam­paign to help raise money so Jay’s par­ents can stay by their son’s side and later bring him home.

She said Melvin and Jean gave their son their only ve­hi­cle so he could travel to Red Deer, Alta. to start­ing a new life.

“He was only six hours from his des­ti­na­tion when they be­lieve he fell asleep be­hind the wheel.”

Jay, who is suf­fer­ing from mul­ti­ple in­juries, in­clud­ing a bro­ken neck and crushed spine, is par­a­lyzed from the chest down.

She said the fam­ily has suf­fered so much heart­break, in­clud­ing re­cently los­ing their only other child Star­lette Cousins-Thomas.

“Star­lette died Feb. 26, at age 44 of Crohn’s dis­ease. She bat­tled it for al­most 30 years.”

Car­ri­gan said Melvin, 67, is on old age pen­sion and Jean, 61, is on long-term dis­abil­ity, and they still have a mort­gage on their house.

“I know they aren’t leav­ing Jay un­til he’s ready to come home, and that could be months.”

Car­ri­gan said Jay will have to be air­lifted back to Nova Sco­tia. His cousin, a para­medic in Ed­mon­ton es­ti­mates costs at $52,000 for the travel alone.

She said the fam­ily just re­ceived a bill for $500 for a chest brace.

To do­nate, visit http://www.gofundme.com/ywc5tw.

Car­ri­gan also opened an ac­count for the fam­ily ac­ces­si­ble at any Royal Bank in Canada. She said peo­ple wish­ing to do­nate can take the in­for­ma­tion to the teller who can con­firm it’s for Jay Cousins: transit num­ber 01573, branch num­ber 003 and ac­count num­ber 5029111. Car­ri­gan is hop­ing the public will help.

“Jay is a per­son who loved the out­doors. He went to Alaska a cou­ple years ago and back­packed by him­self.

“He liked golf — he has so many friends — he’s amaz­ing.”

Car­ri­gan

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