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Community outpouring and GoFundMe support for Kate Fitzpatrick

Kate Fitzpatrick posing

Kate Fitzpatrick pictured above at the Flesherton Farmers' Market this summer, posing enthusiastically in typical Kate-style.


UPDATE: Sadly, Kate suffered an unexpected episode on Tuesday morning that worsened her injury. The added damage was significant and she will not survive. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her partner, their family, friends and the entire community.


BY SOUTHGREY.CA STAFF — Recently, the Grey Highlands community was shocked to learn about a serious accident on Friday, November 22 involving Kate Fitzpatrick, co-owner of Black Dog Print and Design and administrator for the Grey Highlands Chamber of Commerce (GHCOC). According to an OPP media release, Fitzpatrick was struck by a pickup truck while crossing the intersection at Hwy 10 and Grey Road 12 in Markdale.

Transported to London via air ambulance, she remains at London's Victoria Hospital in critical, but stable condition. According to GHCOC president, Stewart Halliday, Fitzpatrick has been diagnosed with a serious head injury and underwent surgery to relieve pressure on her brain. It is thought that she will likely be in recovery there for many months. "We are all hoping that she is alright and that she recovers quickly," said Halliday.

As the friendly face of GHCOC, Kate is well-liked in the community. Since news of the incident broke, the community has shown an incredible outpouring of concern and support. Everyone has been devastated by the news and collectively, we wait on edge for further information and hopes abound for a positive outcome.

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up by friend and GHCOC member Pam Petch. Within a few days of inception, the original goal of $5000 was met and donations continue to be calculated. It is also thought that additional expenses and loss of income will push Kate's financial needs higher. More will likely be required to help her with recovery.

Please give if you can to help Kate and her family get through this.

A blog has been set up to provide everyone with updates on her situation.

Kate is still unconscious at the time of writing this article. Recovery from a brain injury can take a long time. Financially and emotionally it can be extremely draining for her family. We at join with everyone and pray for her full and speedy recovery. 

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