NEW YORK, N.Y.--A number of fund raisers are being held by horse shows and individuals to contribute to funds for Kevin Babington, who was critically injured in a fall at The Hampton Classic on Aug. 30
Currently in N.Y. University Langone Hospital in New York, Kevin is paralyzed and unable to move his arms or legs. and the medical costs are already huge and will continue to mount up day by day.
The-tens.com held an auction of horses during the American Gold Cup the weekend of Sept. 14-15, and after hearing of Babington's injury , an extra horse was added to the auction, with all funds raised going into a 501-C3 Kevin Babington Rehabilitation Fund.
The horse sold for $120,000, and attendees donated more money, bring the total raised to $257,000.
THE MARYLAND Horse & Pony Show put out a money box that raised an additional $4,500.
The World Equestrian Center is donating all the entry fees from the 1.25mjumper division, Katie Benson is running a show that will donate some of its profits, and Andrew Philbrick is setting aside some entry fees from his Princeton Horse Shows.
Kathy Gilbert has organized me a GoFundMe that has raised $95,865, and there's a fundraiser on Facebook.
Donations range from $25 to hundreds, but everything helps.
"The grass roots events and donors are every bit as important,: said Wickes.
Dianna Babington posts updates at intervals on the GoFundMe page.
Today marks 20 days," said Dianna on Sept. 18. "Yesterday’s surgery went as well as possible. We are possibly heading out of trauma to rehab in the next 48 hours which means we will no longer be at NYU. Kevin is anxious to start working with the rehab team.
"His breathing continues to get stronger which is a big deal. We are still hopeful some improvement will come as spinal shock and swelling subsides. Whatever happens we will make sure he lives his best life. A life which still involves me, his children, his extended family, horses, students, and friends. We have the best of him still.
"I want to publicly thank Elizabeth Sponseller and Hayley Poinelli Carlson for all the night shifts they pulled at the hospital. Kevin has not been alone one minute since his accident. They, along with my daughters, stayed over night on shifts so I could research, deal with decisions and doctors during the day, and be here for procedures. I don’t know how I would have survived the trauma phase of this without all of their support. That is not to mitigate the other friends who have been here, flying in, taking me to dinner, helping the girls, working on finances, and keeping me sane or letting me not be when I couldn’t. I will post when we have departed for rehab and where you can visit once it is confirmed." said Dianna. "Please keep us in you prayers."