Tuesday 21 May, 2019

Help pours in for Kemoy Campbell; Sport Minister pledges support

Kemoy Campbell being attended to after collapsing while setting the pace in the men's 3000m at the Millrose Games in New York.

Kemoy Campbell being attended to after collapsing while setting the pace in the men's 3000m at the Millrose Games in New York.

Sport Minister Olivia Grange is the latest to offer public support as help continues to pour in for Jamaican long-distance runner Kemoy Campbell who collapsed while competing in the 3000m at the Millrose Games in New York on Saturday.

He has since been hospitalised.

Grange said she has reached out to the athlete’s family and management and has been “making arrangements to assist with Kemoy’s care.”

Minister Grange noted that Campbell is registered with the Jamaica Athletes Insurance Programme and is able to access benefits under the scheme.  In addition, the Minister has mandated the Sports Development Foundation to be ready to assist with his immediate needs.

“We continue to pray for Kemoy’s recovery and assure him and his family that Jamaica will be there for them during this time.  We have been in discussions about what he requires now and we are committed to doing what is necessary to see that he gets the best care and achieves a full recovery,” the minister said.

Meanwhile, President of Reebok, Matt O'Toole has announced that the  sportswear company will be donating US$50,000 to assist with Campbell’s  medical expenses.

"Kemoy is an important part of the Reebok family, and we are so happy to hear that he is making great progress," said O'Toole in a statement to Sports Illustrated on Tuesday.

"As part of our family, we will stand behind him and support him in his recovery,” O’Toole added.

In the meantime, a GoFundMe campaign started by Campbell’s family had raised about US$40,000 by Tuesday evening. The target is US$200,000. Persons wishing to make donations may do so by searching for 'Kemoy Campbell Support Fund' on www.gofundme.com.

Campbell, 28, was functioning as a pacesetter in the 3000m when he collapsed on Saturday. He was treated at trackside for about 30 minutes before being transported to Presbyterian Columbia Medical Centre. He was placed in a medically induced coma but has since regained consciousness and is said to be in stable condition.

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