Update: ITS crew creates site to help injured man get home from Asia

BELLEVILLE, Ont. — The staff at Belleville, Ont.-based International Truckload Services (ITS) have built a website called www.bringryanhome.ca to help one of their fellow workers get her son home from a Thailand hospital where he lays in a coma as a result of a horrible motorcycle accident.

What’s more, if he doesn’t get home by mid-July, he will not qualify for OHIP coverage when he does get here, his mom, Lisa Hamilton, who works in ITS’s billing department, reports.

She also says that her son, Ryan Gallaher, 35, was under the impression that the school that he was teaching English for provided accident insurance but she has received no response from the institution since the accident, which could end up costing the family upwards of $150,000.

You can read her account of the tragedy here.

We first reported on Ryan Gallaher’s story earlier this week.

Since that time, ITS’s JoReen Fitch reports that donations have kept coming in — they were up to about $5,000 at last count — but they’ve still got a long, long way to go.

Ryan’s mother is now with him in Thailand. She is able to do so only because of help from ITS as well as the Canadian Consulate which fast-tracked her passport application.

She and Ryan’s brother and Fitch are all updating the site as the situation evolves.

Donations can be made through the Ryan Gallaher trust account at the main branch of the CIBC on Front Street in Belleville, transit 07042 account number 18-59234.

Donation jars have been set out at a variety of local locations, including the Stirling Truck show, which runs Saturday and Sunday.

You can find out more by writing info@itstruck.ca

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