Employee Crisis Fund helps family through hard time

March 16, 2018

The Ketterling family, from Bismarck, was always very active. Sports were their lives, and Josh and Alesha, along with their three kids, Walker, Paxton and Berklee, traveled across the region for football games, wrestling matches, gymnastics meets and their favorite pastime, motocross racing.

Last fall, their lives changed in a way they could never have planned.

The family was together in Jamestown at a motocross event. Josh was riding when he was hit by another rider. The impact shattered his right fibula and fractured his tibia. Later, his surgeon would say it looked like a grenade exploded in his leg.

Josh was transferred to Sanford Health in Bismarck where he underwent the first of three surgeries. After a few days, he was moved to Sanford Health in Fargo for two more surgeries. Over the following months, Josh started physical therapy and traveled with his family back to Fargo for followup appointments.

His doctors anticipated he wouldn’t be able to walk for at least six months.

Prior to the accident, Josh worked in the oil fields, but his injury has put him out of work. Without their main income, Alesha and Josh found themselves under financial strain. During that difficult time, Alesha, who has been a registered nurse in general surgery for 15 years, found comfort in her second family at Sanford Health in Bismarck.

“My manager was the one who contacted me about the Employee Crisis Fund and encouraged me to apply,” Alesha said. “When they called to say we received the funds, we were really appreciative of it. The extra help really made a difference.”

The Employee Crisis Fund provides financial assistance to Sanford Health employees in times of need. Alesha and Josh were able to use those funds to help with the unexpected travel, hotel rooms and meals for their family.

“My coworkers were already like a second family, but knowing that they give to this fund to help families like ours, that’s just huge,” Alesha said. “They are all so supportive.”

Josh continues physical therapy three times a week, but his recovery hasn’t been as quick as the family hoped. He’s still unable to walk without assistance and may require more surgery.

“Your life can change in an instant without warning,” Alesha said. “When we get back on our feet, I want to make it a priority to give back and help my fellow coworkers through the Employee Crisis Fund.”

The Employee Crisis Fund helps families when they need it most. Any Sanford Health employee can apply for funds.

Consider helping support more Sanford families today. Employees can support this crucial resource by giving through payroll deduction, a  PTO donation or a one-time gift at sanfordhealthfoundation.org/giveback.