As the year comes to a close, think of donating to the Equestrian Aid Foundation, a 501c3 which is horsepeople helping horsepeople. It is as easy as clicking on this link. You don't plan for an accident or a major illness, but they do happen. Here are just a few people we have helped this year at EAF:
Tourance, 48, horse care professional and rider - For Tourance, who has worked in the horse community for 30 years, falling on the concrete barn aisle changed her life. The fall left her unconscious, with an injured spine and torn tendons to her rotary cuff. "You don't realize the little things you take for granted. I couldn't even wash my hair or start a car, let alone tack up a horse. I'm a typical horse person - take a couple Aleve and deal with it. I didn't have a choice. I needed to work." She worked through pain and painkillers for five more months before surgery. "My injury left me without a job, a place to live, and a lot of bills. I was at my wit's end when I called the Equestrian Aid Foundation. They didn't make me feel like a number. I couldn't have made it without them. They actually care."
The Equestrian Aid Foundation helps horse people, just like Tourance, from all riding sports and professions. Many are suffering with severe injuries or life-threatening illnesses with more bills than hope. Thanks to those who have given, we have touched so many lives.
- Linda was diagnosed with cancer. She relied on EAF to help with her mortgage and insurance premiums when she couldn't work. EAF continues to help as she works when she can.
- Trevor, a farrier, was facing reconstructive knee surgeryafter a severe injury and counted on the EAF to assist him with medical bills and living expenses.
- Joe still has major medical problems five years after his initial injury that limit his ability to provide for his wife and young son, but he's grateful for the mortgage and living expenses he receives from EAF.
- 20-year-old Allison suffered a catastrophic fall four years ago resulting in a traumatic brain injury and quadriplegia. While making great strides, she counts on EAF's assistance for additional nursing care and necessary therapies not covered by her insurance.
Many of our friends are in despair. Too sick or hurt to work, they are left with no income and in desperate circumstances. Your gift provides resources that make an immediate impact to help them through these tough times.
A gift of $25, $50, $100, $500, $1,000 or more, can help someone pay for groceries, a tank of gas, utilities, medical treatment, rent, health insurance and other critical expenses.
With an annual budget of about $300,000, your gift makes an enormous impact on helping the suffering members of our community.
Throughout our 16 years, you've partnered with us to give more than $2 million to equestrians and horsemen in need. We are so grateful, but in these economic times, so many more urgently need your help. Please be as generous as you can.
You are offering not only living expenses, you are building a community of hope. Thank you for bringing light into their lives.
R. Scot Evans