|Anne Von Rosen (Photo: Savage Pacer)|
Anne Von Rosen, a popular regular rider at Canterbury Park, was paralyzed last week in a riding accident at Turf Paradise in Phoenix. Since the accident, Von Rosen has endured two spinal surgeries and, at this time, is paralyzed from the waist down with a difficult recovery ahead of her.
Jockeys that don't ride don't get paid. There are no paid vacations or days off and a career ending injury means a lot of uncertainty and anxiety about your future. The specter of colossal medical bills looming over the top of all that would be downright unbearable. The Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund helps and is a wonderful project but can only do so much.
A local fund has been set up here in Minnesota (they would accept checks from all over, though - so feel free to send from wherever you are!!). Contributions may be sent to:
500 Marschall Rd
Shakopee, MN 55379
Checks can be written to "For the Benefit of Anne Von Rosen". Also please keep an eye open for a local fundraiser once Canterbury Park opens later this spring.
Additionally, Jim Wells, Canterbury Park's official blogger reports that an Arizona fund has also been set up via the Racetrack Chaplaincy of America:
RTCA - Anne Von Rosen
1501 West Bell Road
Phoenix, Az., 85023
Jim is in Arizona for the winter and has provided great updates on Anne this past week. He can be followed via the Canterbury Park blog here.
And keep your prayers and good wishes coming.