Sarah Burke's Family Receives Nearly $200,000 In Donations To Cover Medical Bills
The family of Sarah Burke will forever mourn the loss of the deceased 29-year-old skiing star, but fortunately, nearly $200,000 worth of donations have been raised to help cover her medical expenses.
It took just 24 hours after Burke's tragic Thursday death for the six-figure sum to flood into a fund set up by her agent, Mike Spencer. The money should be enough to cover the nine days of medical care afforded to the British Columbia native at at the University of Utah hospital, according to the Vancouver Sun.
Burke passed away after a Jan. 10 accident in which she fell in a Park City, Utah, superpipe, hitting her head and sustaining both irreversible brain damage and a ruptured artery. The Canadian Freestyle Ski Association has a comprehensive insurance policy for all its athletes, but the policy only applies to training and competition that's part of the association’s sanctioned program, such as World Cups, world championships and the X-Games.