Skydiving Pioneer, US National Champion & Army Special Operations Veteran Jim Slaton Nearly Killed
Jim Slaton survived more than 10,000 parachute jumps and a decade of service in the Army Special Operations to be nearly killed with his wife by a uninsured driver.
Houston, Texas (PRUnderground) August 27th, 2014
Skydiving Pioneer and US Special Operations Veteran Jim Slaton was a Army Ranger & US National Champion of Parachuting. Jim Slaton survived more than 10,000 parachute jumps and a decade of service in the Army Special Operations to be nearly killed with his wife by a uninsured driver. Jim & his wife Brandi were nearly killed on their motorcycle in downtown Houston in July when a young uninsured motorist failed to give right of way and made a sudden last minute turn in front of them. The car gave them no time to slow down or avoid the impact.
Jim & Brandi flipped over the front of the car and cartwheeled down the street onto the concrete. They were both wearing safety helmets but still received many injuries. Jim broke both feet which required surgery to place a metal titanium plate on the top of his left foot while Brandi broke her left femur & knee which required surgery to insert a metal titanium rod inside her femur bone.
Friends and family in the military & skydiving community have always rallied around each other in times of need. Whether it’s been for a neighbor fighting cancer or a family who lost their house in a fire, those in the community have long held fundraising events like dinners and silent auctions to help their neighbors through difficult times.
Now, through a growing trend called crowd funding, they are taking these efforts online. Friends of Jim & Brandi Slaton have set up a crowd funding page on GiveForward.com. So far the friends and family of Jim & Brandi Slaton have raised over $5,000 for medical expenses since the campaign launched on August 6, 2014.
Laws in Texas prevent people in personal liability cases from losing their house, car & other property in a lawsuit. So if a motorist is uninsured and they do not have the cash on hand to pay any court ordered amount to the victims of an accident the injured have little recourse. Basically, victims get a piece a paper to hang on their wall saying their are owed money by the victim.
Jim & brandi now have hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills and no way to pay them. They are both out of work and are not able to take care of each other. Brandi’s hospital bills alone cost over $100,000. The couple could file bankruptcy but that will not help them get the medical attention they need now or help them during their long rehabilitation process.
“Jim Slaton could be considered one of the founding fathers of high performance parachuting worldwide. His contributions to the sport of high performance parachute flight and specialized training is priceless. It’s hard to put a number on the amount of lives that have likely been saved by Jim’s contributions to the sport of parachuting. Jim and Brandi are family. Family that were involved in a tragic accident where they were hit by someone with no insurance while riding their motorcycle. Let’s help them so they can focus on healing” says fundraiser creator Robert Cowan.
GiveForward.com is one of the world’s leading online fundraising websites and the easiest way to raise money for a loved one in need. It is the #1 platform to start a medical fundraiser with 99 cents of every dollar going directly to the people who need it. It is the only online fundraising site with fundraising coaches who provide fundraising ideas and guidance on how to raise money online.
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