Benefit set for Aspen fall victim
September 25, 2009
ASPEN – A benefit to help pay the medical bills for an Aspen woman seriously injured in a fall is scheduled for later this month.
On July 25, what had started out as a day at the Grottos ice caves, located off of Highway 82 east of Aspen, ended in a 15- to 25-foot fall that left Tasha Goodson unconscious and severely injured.
Goodson, who is in her early 20s, has been recovering the past three months from multiple injuries, including a fractured skull, two broken vertebrae and broken wrists. She also broke a rib, which resulted in a punctured and collapsed lung.
After the fall, she was taken to Aspen Valley Hospital, then flown in critical condition to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction for specialized treatment.
After initially being placed in a preventative coma in the intensive care unit, she regained consciousness five days later. She is now on her way to recovery and is heavily involved in rehabilitation.
Since the accident, Tasha’s life has changed substantially. She has been out of work, and her strength and mobility is impaired, leaving her boyfriend Addison to take up all responsibilities, ranging from expenses to parenting their now 5-month-old son, said a friend of the family.
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“Addison has taken over both the mom and dad duties – he’s become Super Dad, really,” said Todd Kachik.
Now three months from the accident some of her casts are off, but she hasn’t regained the strength needed for daily activities, such as holding her infant son. Still, Tasha remains happy and strong with the support of her boyfriend and many others close to her.
“It’s miraculous, she’s just been so strong about all of it. She’s a fighter,” Kachik said.
Friends of Goodson will host a benefit to help the family work through their ordeal and pay for the many medical bills. The event will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Bumps Restaurant at Buttermilk. Door entry is $25, with food from the Hickory House, drink tickets, a door raffle and a silent auction, as well as music from The Butchers, Hurricane Carter and other local musicians.