Published Jul 24, 2013When Vancouver folk outfit Be Good Tanyas hit the road in the UK later this summer, they won't be joined by singer/multi-instrumentalist Samantha Parton, since she's been sidelined following a serious car accident. To help her deal with the mounting financial burdens associated with her injuries, her friends have now launched an Indiegogo campaign to help raise funds.
The accident took place on September 3, 2012, on Salt Spring Island in BC. She was reportedly a passenger in a friend's car when they were rear-ended by a pickup truck. According to the Indiegogo campaign, "She sustained multiple injuries to her neck, back and shoulders, as well as a concussion."
Making her injuries even worse, she was in another car wreck in April. A CT scan has turned up a benign tumour on her brain and an aneurysm behind her eye, the latter of which requires brain surgery. This will mean a recovery period of six weeks to a heal, plus time to heal up from her other injuries. The surgery is currently scheduled for July 29, according to the latest update.
Parton is unable to work, perform or tour, and is currently only able to play her instruments for a short period. This means that she's in need of financial assistance to help cover her living costs and medical bills.
The Indiegogo campaign was launched just two days ago, but as of press time, it's already raised over $10,000 of its goal of $15,000. Unlike some fundraising efforts, this one doesn't have incentives for giving money, so it should simply be viewed as a donation for a good cause.
The campaign notes, "While brain surgery is a little scary, [Parton] is visualizing a positive outcome and a smooth recovery."
Caroline Ballhorn will be filling in during Be Good Tanyas' upcoming UK tour. See the schedule here.