An online fundraising campaign has been launched for the family of Wade Hartin – the man that was fatally injured at Dagmar Ski Resort on Tuesday (Jan. 14).
Proceeds from the campaign will support his wife, Emily Johnston-Hartin, as well as the couple’s first child, who is due in April.
As of Thursday (Jan. 16) morning, more than $20,000 had been raised.
“This was supposed to be Wade and Emily’s year. The year they became parents and started their own little family. Instead, on January 14, 2020 Emily’s whole world was stolen from her. Her husband was taken from her and her unborn baby too soon,” a post on the campaign reads.
“Wade Hartin wanted to be a daddy – and he would have been the best. If any of you have had him around your children you would instantly see the love in his eyes. Instead, he will never get to hold his sweet little miracle baby. Wade would do anything for anyone, including giving his shirt off his back. Please help me in raising money for Emily and her unborn baby so that we can help to get them back on their feet and to make sure we can all help Wade’s baby as he would do for any of us.”
The Sunderland Stingerz ringette club will also be collecting donations for the family this weekend.
“Emily has been a member of the Stingerz Family since she was a teen and still plays on our Open team. Wade was always in the stands cheering on his wife and teammates and most recently cheering along side Emily as she sat out this season anticipating the birth of their first child. It was also Emily’s design that was chosen for the current Stingerz logo,” reads a social media post.
“We will be accepting donations in memory of Wade on Sunday January 19 during our game times to be handed over to Emily. Every bit counts as we let Emily know we are thinking of her.”
The Ministry of Labour – assisted by the DRPS – is investigating the circumstances of Hartin’s death.