Bill and Karen Cole, members of the East Side Grace Brethren Church in Blacklick, Ohio (Chip Heim, pastor), were nearly at their vacation destination when their motorcycle was hit by a suspected drunk driver on June 17. (See 2 seriously hurt in I-80 motorcycle crash.) Both were flown to a local hospital and placed in intensive care. After five weeks, Karen was discharged from the hospital and continues to receive therapy and medical treatments on an outpatient basis. Recently, Bill was moved to a regular room at the hospital.
The driver who hit them was uninsured. Friends have set up a YouCaring site to help with some of the unexpected medical expenses, especially the costs related to getting them back home to Ohio.
Karen is on the women’s leadership team at the East Side church. She’s also participated in Leadership Summits and Women’s Leadership Classes hosted by Women of Grace USA, according to Viki Rife, executive director of Women of Grace USA.