For the second time in less than two months, the Lower Mainland’s lacrosse community has been touched by tragedy. And it’s pulling together to try to help out.
Maddy Stroup succumbed Friday at Royal Columbian Hospital to injuries she suffered in a car accident July 26 in Abbotsford. The accident also killed her boyfriend, Hayden Turcotte. Another friend, Tyrell Gait, was also injured, but was released from hospital.
Stroup is the daughter of Tara Stroup, an emergency program officer for the Port Coquitlam Fire Department, and Burnaby fire captain Dean Stroup. She's also the niece of Port Coquitlam Saints head coach, Dan Stroup.
According to a GoFundMe page launched to support the Stroup family, Maddy's organs were donated to help others. A statement on the page also pledged that some of the money raised will go Honour House in New Westminster, that supports families of first responders and military personnel during times of a medical or family emergency.
Since the fundraising effort was launched on Wednesday, it has already surpassed it’s $20,000 goal by more than $17,000.
In June, Emily Goss, the 24-year-old daughter of New Westminster Jr. Salmonbellies general manager Warren Goss, was struck by an alleged drunk driver in London, England. She was also put into an induced coma to help her recover from a head injury.