On April 13, 2013, 30-year-old Richard (Chuckie) Smith of Langley, B.C., survived a 150 foot plunge off a mountain while snowmobiling. He sustained a traumatic brain injury, and to date is still fighting for his life.
Richard, or Chuckie, as he is known by family and friends is no stranger to Barriere, and was the son of area resident Pat Smith who passed away last year. Mom, Gerry Smith, is currently on the lower mainland.
At this time Chuckie is in hospital at the coast with his wife Drea Tirshman by his side. They have two young children Ryder and Brooklyn.
Drea, who is holding their family together right now, recently wrote on the ‘Support for Richard Chuckie Smith and his Family’ Facebook site, “Well, he seems pretty worn out right now. Tomorrow they were talking about removing this trach tube and putting in a more permanent one, one without a cuff on it. Another bedside “surgery” for us. He’s getting some rest so he can fight them all again. Little scrapper….” She also writes about holding his hand,“…feel his finger and thumb moving, and to get the hand squeezes. …I’m not sure how Chuck has survived all of this. But it’s a bitter reminder of how each day still here with him has been so precious. We still have the chance for him to recover and come back. It makes me want to try even harder, and push farther.”
This Saturday, May 31, to lend support to Chuckie and his family, a dance is being held as a fundraiser for them starting at 8 p.m. in the Barriere Legion.
Admission at the door is by donation, and music is by D & D Sounds DJ Service. There will be a guest sign in book available so those attending can write Chuckie a message. Everyone is welcome, but sorry, no minors.
If you would like to make a donation or help please go to the Facebook page: Support for Richard Chuckie Smith and his Family.