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MICHAEL VERMAAS NEEDS OUR HELP
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It happened in an instant. Michael was riding a bucking mare. He didn't lose his balance and never came off the horse. Just planned to ride the bucking out and call it a day. He felt a "pop" and his life changed in that one second. The "pop" was his pelvis splitting open in front ("open book fracture"), tearing blood vessels and causing internal bleeding. What followed was a nightmare...
Michael was transferred from a San Antonio hospital to the Army trauma hospital where he was immediately taken into surgery to stop internal bleeding. After a stint in ICU, he was taken back into surgery to stabilize his pelvis with a plate and screws. The swelling and pain were incapacitating
Without insurance and with no immediate ability to return to riding and training, Michael is facing an insurmountable financial crisis. Although he needs physical therapy, without insurance he may not be able to afford this care. We are therefore asking for your financial help so that Michael can obtain the treatment he so desperately needs to return to work.
The immediate plan is for Krystalynn to ride horses and give lessons for clients boarding or training at Retama. As soon as Michael is mobile, he will resume giving lessons from a wheelchair. But until he is able to travel, they have lost income from going to other people's ranches to train and give lessons in the Austin and Houston area, as well as from giving clinics.
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A PayPal account has been established to help Michael during his recovery. Your contribution, no matter how small, will go a long way toward helping Michael and Krystalynn survive this crisis. Any amount is greatly needed and appreciated.
To donate through PayPal, please send your contributions to Krystalynn's Paypal account by going to: https://www.paypal.com/webapps/mpp/send-money-online. You will be prompted to enter their email - firstname.lastname@example.org and the amount you wish to send. PayPal provides easy instructions to complete the transfer. Be certain to check "Friends and Family". If you already have an ebay account with a balance, the transaction is free. You may also enter a credit card number, which has a minimal fee.
You can also help by taking part in the upcoming June 6th Benefit Open Horse Show for Michael. The show will be held at Retama Equestrian Center Covered Arena, 17530 Old Evans Road, Selma, TX. There will be classes for all age groups, silent auction and raffle. Books open at 8am and the show starts at 8:45 am. Entry fees: $10 per person/per class. $15 office fee per person or $25 per family. Formal show clothing not required – must wear boots, long pants, collared shirt). Helmets required for under 18 years old and for all over-fence classes. FMI contact Shannon at 210-364-3430 or email: email@example.com.You can also take part in the Facebook Michael Vermaas Benefit Auction at https://www.facebook.com/groups/976393919051895/?hc_location=ufi
Who is Michael Vermaas? He is a positive, friendly, funny, and enormously talented trainer. He was voted IALHA Professional Horseman of the Year last year. He goes out of his way to help others. Perhaps best of all, he relates in a positive way with the horses he trains. Once a relationship is developed, they are relaxed and work willingly. Michael is all about the horse. You couldn’t ask for more in a trainer.
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