Recovery fund launched for injured coach
— 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-
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.”
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.