Man seeks help after ski accident
March 9, 2006
Greg Lewis, a 34-year resident of South Lake Tahoe, was injured in a recent skiing accident and needs financial assistance. After hitting a tree stump that was covered by freshly fallen snow, he was taken to Barton Memorial Hospital by ambulance then flown by Care Flight to Washoe Medical Center in Reno.
Lewis was diagnosed with three fractures of the C-1 in his neck and two fractures of his back, T-7 and T-8. He also broke and dislocated several ribs.
He is now at home, where his wife provides around-the-clock care. It will be 12 to 16 weeks before he will be able to return to work. Lewis, who is the sole supporter of his family, is employed by Brian Spencer Drywall.
He has some medical benefits from the Veterans Administration that will cover medications and follow-up treatments. However, he is trying to raise funds to cover the cost of the ambulance, Care Flight, and care at Barton Hospital and Washoe Medical Center.
His company and his church family at First Baptist Church have rallied around to help as much as they can. There are five collection boxes where people can donate to help Lewis. They are at Meeks Lumber, the Roadrunner and the Chevron station in Meyers and in town at Meeks Lumber and Sessions Hair Salon. An account has also been opened at El Dorado Savings Bank, where donations can be deposited.