Fort St. John couple Bob and Laura Ross are currently in stable condition in Vancouver, recovering from a motorcycle accident sustained on August 1 during a ride down to Dawson Creek on the Alaska Highway. After a deer shot out of the ditch near Farmington, Laura swerved to miss the deer, and Bob, on a separate bike, swerved to miss both, and they ended up in the ditch.
Laura was flown to Vancouver that day, and has been at the Vancouver General Hospital ever since. She recently woke from a sedated coma, is able to move her arm and write, and has been able to video chat with Bob. Bob was flown down to Vancouver the following day. He had skin grafting done on his leg to cover up a bad gash, and had surgery to reattach some ligaments in his hand. Bob is renting an apartment near the hospital while he receives treatment, while Laura is expected to remain in the hospital for up to four more weeks.
The two are currently unable to work, and are in need of donations to help pay for the apartment and other costs while they remain in Vancouver for treatment. Those interested in helping out can email Bob, or sent an e-transfer, to firstname.lastname@example.org. As well, Laura's friends and coworkers at AFDE have set up a gofundme account for Laura and Bob, which can be found here. Any donations are greatly appreciated.
"They are taking on extra costs and those stack up quickly. The community has been really supportive with their donations," said Doug Ross, Bob's brother.
Both Bob and Laura are fixtures in the community and minor hockey scene. They have been bus drivers for the NEBC Trackers since the 2016-17 season, as well as other Fort St. John minor hockey teams, and love to help out whenever they can.
"They are such kind and thoughtful people, they did for the love of hockey even though they did not have kids on the team," said Trackers President Sheldon Steele. "They were more then bus drivers — they were a part of the team and our biggest fans. I am praying for them and hope that our community can help them out."
Bob and Laura are known for being generous with their time and always willing to help others.
"Whenever the team is going South, (Bob and Laura) are there to drive them and get the kids there safely," Doug said. "They are down to earth people, and give a helping hand. Someone told me, 'they've helped out quite a few people, and now it's their turn to receive help."
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