Kelda Farrell fundraiser surpasses goal

Published on July 23, 2014
Kelda Farrell on her honeymoon in 2011. A near-fatal car accident a year later rendered her unable to move any part of her body except her eyes. — Submitted photo

In less than a week, an online fundraiser for a woman with locked-in syndrome has well surpassed its goal.

As of today, the fundraiser for Kelda Farrell’s raised $27,850 from 317 contributors. The original goal was $25,000.

“I expected there to be a good turnout, but I didn’t expect it to be like this,” said Krista Gates-Guy, Farrell’s friend and former co-worker who launched the fundraiser. “This is jaw dropping.”

In June 2012, a near-fatal car crash rendered Kelda Farrell unable to move any part of her body except her eyes. While she has experienced some improvement, much of it is the result of working with a “stim bike”—a piece of rehabilitation equipment that uses electrical stimulation to help regain muscular control. Farrell worked extensively with the bike at a rehab facility in New Brunswick; however, she had to stop the training when she moved back to St. John’s to be closer to family.

Recently, Farrell’s former co-workers at Husky Energy started fundraising to purchase the equipment for Kelda to use in Newfoundland. They launched a crowdfunding page on last Tuesday at 11:30 a.m.; yesterday at 11 a.m., they reached the $25,000 mark.

“I believe in her so much, and it’s really awesome to see how much everybody else believes in her, and how they want to see her get the help she needs to recover,” said Gates-Guy.

“I think it’s just her story. She’s a very special person and has touched so many people.”

Gates-Guy says the extra money will go towards equipment maintenance and any training Farrell might need.