An online fundraising campaign is underway — to pay for the care of an Argentinian ballet dancer seriously hurt in North Vancouver.
Friends of 20-year-old Lucila Munaretto have brought-in more than 25-thousand dollars for the dancer since Friday.
The dancer, part of the Coastal City Ballet at Pacific Dancer Arts, is here from Argentina on a scholarship when she roller bladed through a stop sign in North Vancouver and crashed into a vehicle.
She was not wearing a helmet at the time.
But her rehearsal director Katie Bois says there’s a ways to go.
“The cost for her rehabilitation — especially if she wants to dance again — from the other injuries and surgeries is going to be very high, because she doesn’t have extended health coverage.”
Munaretto crashed into a van while rollerblading last week — suffering multiple fractures and a brain injury. She remains unconscious.
The original goal was just to fly her mother here — but after the huge response they hope to pay for her entire care.
“Our first goal on Friday was set for $10,000 and that was raised in four hours. And we increased our goal to $20,000 after that four hours and we reached our $20,000 goal in one day.”
She says her friend is a fighter — and despite her serious injuries — she knows she’ll be back on her feet.
To contribute to the cause, go here.