A Nanton family is looking to the Foothills community for some extra help while they deal with a medical crisis that has left them searching for care for their husband and father.

Truck driver Craig Sumsion had a massive stroke on November 5th while parked at a truck stop waiting for a load in the United States and because he was alone for so long the damage is not reversible.

His daughter Chrissy says they think he was there 12 to 24 hours.

"On the Sunday that we think it happened would have been November 5th, on his 62nd birthday," said Chrissy. "My mom didn't hear from him for about 12 hours and she was getting really worried and we ended up tracking him down with his GPS to find out where he was located."

They had to break into his truck and take him by ambulance to Butte, Montana.

"They found out he had pneumonia, and a mass on his lung. They had to stabilize him before airlifting him to the Foothills hospital in Calgary."

Craig was in the U.S. hospital for 11 days.

Friends have started a go fund me account for the family and tentative plans are in the works for a fundraiser which will include some of the musicians that Craig has played with in the past.

Anyone who would like to help can go to the Go Fund Me page.

 

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