Friday, December 13, 2019 started out like any other for, then 17-year-old, Kaitlyn Childs. She was mid-way through first semester of Grade 12, excelling in her mostly science-based classes, while being busy with her extracurricular activities including music, dance, and playing with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Drumline. Kaitlyn was excited to be planning what her life after high school would look like.
While travelling on the perimeter highway on this fateful day, Kaitlyn and her friend were hit on the passenger side of their car by an out-of-control vehicle. Kaitlyn, the passenger in the vehicle, took the brunt of the impact. She had suffered a significant brain injury due to a fractured skull, and other injuries including three breaks in her pelvis, and a ruptured bladder. Time stopped for Kaitlyn and her family.
August 31, 2014 was a life-changing day for Jules. What started out as a quick ATV ride with his friends ended with him waking up in a hospital five months later.
At just 32 years old, Jules had lost control of his quad outside of Kelowna and fell 75 feet down a cliff. He was wearing a helmet but had not secured the chin strap – a decision he regrets to this day. He sustained a brain injury, a broken jaw, and awoke from a coma with no memory of the last six months of his life.
Once he was well enough to begin his rehabilitation, he was transferred to Riverview Health Centre to be closer to family supports in Winnipeg.