Re­cov­ery fund launched for in­jured coach

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By JOR­DAN SCHATZ

jschatz@ce­cil­whig.com

— An on­line fundrais­ing cam­paign has been es­tab­lished to raise money for John Kam­pes, a com­mu­nity youth base­ball coach and the as­so­ciate ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Ce­cil County YMCA, af­ter he was se­ri­ously in­jured in a multi-ve­hi­cle crash near Ris­ing Sun on Satur­day morn­ing.

Kam­pes suf­fered three frac­tures to his neck and back, a frac­tured clav­i­cle, a dis­lo­cated shoul­der, a frac­tured knee, bro­ken ribs, a bro­ken arm and a bro­ken leg when his car was rear-ended and pushed into on­com­ing traf­fic while he at­tempted to turn left onto Joseph Biggs High­way, south of Ris­ing Sun, ac-

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cord­ing to the on­line fundrais­ing page. An am­bu­lance trans­ported Kam­pes to Chris­tiana Hos­pi­tal in Newark, Del., where he was placed in a med­i­cally in­duced coma.

A Go Fund Me Page, ti­tled “John Kam­pes Re­cov­ery Fund,” has been cre­ated by his fam­ily to al­le­vi­ate the cost of his med­i­cal-re­lated ex­penses. As of Thurs­day even­ing, more than 386 do­na­tions to­tal­ing more than $43,000 have been made.

“All the sup­port that’s been pour­ing out from every­body has been amaz­ing and over­whelm­ing in a won­der­ful kind of way. It’s un­be­liev­able,” Kam­pes’ wife, Dawn, said. “I know how much he has done and im­pacted, and this is just a tes­ta­ment to how many peo­ple he’s im­pacted and how much he’s loved.

“For me and my boys, he’s our whole world.”

Kam­pes coaches a pair of youth travel base­ball teams called the Mary­land Le­gends. He is also af­fil­i­ated with the Ris­ing Sun High School base­ball team.

“John is a com­mu­nity leader who spends both his ca­reer and per­sonal time work­ing to better the lives of chil­dren through­out the Ce­cil County Com­mu­nity,” the fundrais­ing web­site stated. “Through his work with the Mary­land Le­gends, YMCA and Ris­ing Sun High School Base­ball Team, he has taught in­tegrity, pro­fes­sion­al­ism, team­work and lead­er­ship to hun­dreds of chil­dren.”

SPE­CIAL TO THE WHIG

A re­cov­ery fundrais­ing fund has been es­tab­lished for John Kam­pes, left, af­ter he was se­ri­ously in­jured in a multi-ve­hi­cle crash near Ris­ing Sun over the week­end.

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