Jess Collins; surf lifesaver, aspiring teacher, friend.
In a freak accident just a few short weeks ago, Jess fell from her board and fractured her vertebrae, and life as she knew it changed in an instant.
The GoFundMe page set up by her friend, SUNFLOWERS FOR JESS, raised $50k in one day - a testament to just how incredible this gorgeous character really is.
Below is Jess' story.
Our beautiful Jess.
On Thursday 31 May 2018 Jess tragically suffered an accident doing what she loves most, surfing with her friends on the Gold Coast. Jess was left face down and paralysed in the water, remaining conscious as she used her lifeguarding knowledge to hold her breath and stay alive. This accident resulted in a spinal injury, fracturing her C5 vertebra which squashed the spinal cord and left her without feeling or movement below the shoulders. Less than a week post accident and spinal fusion surgery Jess is breathing on her own for the most part and has regained some sensation and slight movement in her arms however, the medical professionals have expressed their concerns that she will not regain movement in her legs.
For those who don’t already know Jessica Collins, she is a force to be reckoned with and the girl who lights up the whole room when she enters. She has an infectious personality that leaves you wanting more and is always leaving a positive impact on those around her. She takes on many important roles as a daughter, a sister, a friend, a lifeguard, and an athlete (just to mention a few). Jess has already achieved so much in her lifetime whether it be representing and medalling for her local club Redhead, NSW and Australia in Surf Life Saving, attending to and saving the lives of others as both a volunteer and council lifeguard, or being only one school term of prac away from completing her university degree in primary school teaching. Above all, she should be most proud of her ability to fight and stay strong in the face of adversity given her current situation.
Only recently turning 24, Jess has her whole life ahead of her to prove the professionals wrong and she will NOT let this defeat her. However, with her strength and determination to fight, comes a lifetime of expenses for both Jess and her family. We, as her family and friends, ask for any donation no matter how big or small to help Jess take on this next chapter in her life. These donations will go towards Jess’s recovery and rehabilitation in the hope that one day she will again stand tall and face the sun, just like a sunflower.
Now it's our turn to do our bit. 🌻🌻🌻
We've put together a fun collection of our fave prints and styles, and from midday Thursday 21st June, until midnight Sunday 24th June we're offering 20% OFF these items, and donating a further 20% OF ALL SALES TOWARD JESS' REHABILITATION.
BROWSE THE COLLECTION, FILL UP YOUR CART, AND ADD AN ALARM TO YOUR PHONE FOR MIDDAY THURSDAY 21ST JUNE! All items in this collection will be reduced by 20% when you apply discount code SUNFLOWERS at checkout, with 20% of sales made between 12pm Thursday 21st and 11:59pm Sunday 24th [AEST] being donated. The more we sell, the more we donate! We'll keep you updated with how much money we've pulled together!
PLEASE NOTE: due to the nature of this sale, we cannot accept returns on items within this collection. All sales are final so we can donate as much as possible to Jess.
If you'd prefer to donate directly to Jess' GoFundMe page, visit au.gofundme.com/sunflowers-for-jess