The horrific Humboldt bus crash that killed 16 people will forever be etched in our minds, and the Humboldt tragedy aftermath will endure for years.
It seared into our collective conscience as a nation.
People all over the world were horrified by it.
People all over the world felt our anguish and our sorrow.
And in today’s divided world that is rare.
We all could relate, in an anguished way, the sorrow, the grief and pain the parents, friends and relatives, faced.
Their suffering was our suffering.
The young deaths reminded us of lives unfulfilled.
And we reacted with kindness, depth of passion, something that rarely happens these days.
It touched all of our souls, our emotions were fragile and we wept collectively with the families who lost their loved ones.
And the fund-raising effort for the survivors and their families got the attention of the world.
People and corporations opened their wallets.
Donations hit an all-time high of $15.1 million, raised from 141,989 people in two months.
The original amount fund organizers had hoped to raise was a mere $4 million.
But it was inevitable that the story soon was replaced by other news stories and Humboldt no longer was front and centre.
And that was the tough part for all of them.
The realization that life would go on and the healing process would begin.
And for some the harsh and brutal realization and the question – how do I recover from all of this?
And so meet Humboldt Bronco Ryan Straschnitzki – paralyzed from the chest down.