New England Pond Hockey Festival has decided to name the women’s competitive division in honor of Kristen Cameron. We hope that the hockey community can continue to support Kristen and help tell her story.
In September of 2010, Kristen, a Charlottetown, PEI, Canada native, was the victim of a hit and run by a drunk driver while she was cycling in Erie, Pennsylvania. Kristen was just 25 at the time of the accident. The driver was going an estimated 60 miles per hour when he struck Kristen, sending her 50 feet from the point of impact. As a result, Kristen sustained a serious spinal cord injury, breaking her neck at the C6 and C7 vertebras. She is currently paralyzed from the chest down, with no control of her fingers and limited mobility in her arms (C5 complete quadriplegic). Kristen underwent surgery at the Hamot Medical Center in Erie, and is now at the Lyndhurst Centre, a spinal cord rehabilitation hospital in Toronto.
Kristen was a graduate student and assistant hockey coach at Mercyhurst College at the time of the injury. Last year, Kristen helped coach the Division I squad to a 30-3-3 record, reaching the Frozen Four. Prior to her coaching position she was a star ice hockey player at Bowdoin College, receiving NESCAC Rookie of the Year honors, as well as being named to the All-Conference team three of her four years. Her successful career was capped by a First-Team All-American nod in 2008. As a senior, Kristen captained both the golf team and the hockey team.
As a result of such an injury, Kristen and her family face enormous financial burdens; these burdens are worsened by the fact that the driver who struck Kristen had no insurance. The Kristen Cameron Trust Fund was established by her extended family to support Kristen and her parents.
Many of Kristen’s friends and teammates will be present in Rangeley this year and will be accepting donations at the reception on Saturday and throughout the tournament. If you wish to donate outside of NEPHF, checks can be made out to the Kristen Cameron Trust Fund and sent to:
Kristen Cameron Trust Fund
c/o TD Canada Trust
192 Queen Street
Charlottetown, PEI C1A 4B5
Please visit the Facebook page to further support Kristen.