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We previously covered the 24 July 2016 Lake Powell propeller accident involving 7 year old Dylan Darland. He’s been receiving tremendous support from the off-road racing community at Fund Raising for Dylan Darland

Sanderson Ford raffles 2016 Mustang for Dylan Darland

Sanderson Ford raffles 2016 Mustang for Dylan Darland

Now, Sanderson Ford, of Glendale, Arizona has ponied up a 2016 Mustang. It’s not just any Mustang, it’s a 2016 ROUSH Stage 3 Ford Mustang. Did I mention it has 670 horsepower!

Get your tickets online at
DylansRecovery.com
through 13 November 2016

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Dylan Darland

Dylan Darland
from a race-deZert image

Dylan Darland,7, was boating on Lake Powell Sunday 24 July 2016. He was with his father, Jeff Darland (an off road racer) and Dylan’s brother. Also along was Dylan’s father’s girlfriend, and her son.

Just out of Bullfrog Marina, their boat struck something (later thought to have been a sandbar). On impact, all three boys were ejected. The other two boys were okay, but Dylan Darland was critically injured by the propeller. He lost his lower right leg and has since lost his right hand.

The ever present Good Samaritan’s in these accidents rushed Dylan and his father to a local medical clinic. Dylan was life flighted from there to Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

Several off-road racers immediately helped various family members assemble in Phoenix and get back to town the next day. The story is best told by race-deZert (RDG). RDG is also the source of images of Dylan on this page.

The Darland’s extended off-road racing family has been a tremendous blessing to them since the accident. Beyond immediate help and prayers, racers have conducted various fundraisers and kept the cause in front of their group. Read More→

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Milligan Charitable Bike Ride logoIn May 2013, Nicholas Milligan’s family was in an horrific boat accident at Padstow Harbor in the UK. His family of 6 were all ejected from a RIB, the unmanned RIB began to circle, he and his daughter Emily were killed, his wife Victoria lost a leg, his son Kit suffered terrible injuries to his leg, and his two other daughters were traumatized and also received minor injuries. We covered the accident in, Nicholas Milligan Boat Propeller Accident.

Nicholas Milligan family

Nicholas Milligan family

Victoria Milligan

Victoria Milligan

Now, his widow, Victoria Milligan, has launched a major fundraising effort for RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) and Child Bereavement UK. She hopes to raise over £300,000 (over $510,000) during a charity bicycle / bike ride that begins in Cornwall. Read More→

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Samantha Maywell worked as Mermaid Samantha at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park in Spring Hill, Florida prior to Samantha’s 22 August 2013 propeller accident. She and some other mermaids were out enjoying the Gulf of Mexico on a pontoon boat when a wave knocked her over the rail and into the propeller.

A series of fundraisers are being held to help cover her rising medical costs.

A successful fundraiser was held yesterday (Sept 5, 2013) at Texas Roadhouse and another is planned for Saturday September 14, 2013 at Chick-fil-A on Cortez Blvd in Brooksville, Florida from 4 to 7 pm. The event will feature raffles, a donation bucket, and may have some mermaids in tails present. A portion of the proceeds during those hours will be donated to Samantha. Please come out if you are in the area. It will be great event for everybody, especially children.

Monster Transmission and Performance is also participating in this fundraiser. A nice photo of Samantha on one of their cars is shown in the poster for the event below.

Samantha Maywell fundraiser, Chick-fil-A

Samantha Maywell fundraiser, Chick-fil-A


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Medical costs for propeller strike injuries can be astronomical. Many struck are young people without insurance. Others are uninsured or have insurance caps that do not cover costs of these magnitudes, prosthetics, etc. In addition to meeting medical costs, several struck were providing for their families, meeting loan and mortgage payments, and face other pressing financial demands.

Over the years we have seen hundreds of fundraisers for those injured in boating accidents by boat propellers including spaghetti suppers, garage sales, bake sales, raffles, benefit concerts, restaurants donating a portion of their proceeds at an event, motorcycle runs, sales of wrist bands, t-shirt sales, donation boxes, 50/50 raffles, online donation pages, sales of donated items, dances, bar-b-ques, and many more.

More recently, we often quickly see online financial propeller accident fundraising efforts for medical and other costs as well. Friends often setup a page on one of the crowd fundraising sites to raise funds for their loved ones. They try to get follow up news stories of the victim’s recovery to list the URL. Plus they list the fundraising URL on any sites covering the victim’s recovery. We have seen propeller accident victim fundraisers using Fundrazr, YouCaring, and GiveForward. We see propeller accidents in the UK using VirginMoneyGiving. While we have not seen a propeller accident victim using Fundly, I will briefly commercial Fundly as well because the son of a friend of mine co-founded that crowd funding site.

We will be covering some of these events here. Below we will list some of the smaller less publicized events. We will try to create separate posts for some of the larger more publicized events. Read More→

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