Fundraiser for Chris Suen

Chris SuenChris Suen is a banjo player and old time music/dance enthusiast in Vancouver who was seriously injured in an auto accident in the late summer of 2012. He is a hard working musician, who had been touring throughout western Canada and the US until the time of his accident, which resulted in multiple broken bones and severe brain trauma.

As a Canadian citizen, Chris’ medical expenses are covered by the British Columbia provincial heath system, but they did not pay the US hospital bill, and the vehicle he was traveling in was borrowed at the time. In short, the costs of his rehabilitative care are covered going forward, but he has substantial medical and legal expenses relating to the accident. On top of that, he is not able to work, either at his church where he served as an associate music director, or as a musician and music teacher due to his injuries.

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Friends in his church and music families have been very generous, supporting Chris as best they can during his recovery, which is expected to take as much as a year. Now they have created a pledge page at the popular crowdsourcing site indiegogo to raise money to cover the replacement value of the wrecked vehicle, and Suen’s basic living expenses until he can return to work.

Many of our west coast readers will know Chris as a vibrant performer and banjo instructor at music and dance festivals. If his music – or his story – has touched you, perhaps you’ll consider a donation to the We Love Chris Suen fund online.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.