Reebok donates US$50,000 to Kemoy Campbell's medical bills

By February 12, 2019

The gofundme campaign launched by the family of Jamaican 3000m runner Kemoy Campbell got a major boost on Tuesday when the president of Reebok announced a US$50,000 donation towards the athlete’s medical expenses.

Campbell, who turned 28 in January, collapsed during the 3000m at the Millrose Games in New York on Saturday.

Paramedics spent about 20 minutes reviving him before taking him to the New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Hospital where he was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). He was into a medically induced coma while doctors treated him.

On Tuesday, his family released a statement that Campbell had awakened and was speaking but was unable to recall anything about the incident that had captured global attention. They also announced that they had launched a campaign to raise funds to cover his medical expenses.

In response, Matt O’Toole President of Reebok issued a statement to Sports Illustrated in which he said that sportswear company would be donating US$50,000 towards the athlete’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,” O’Toole said in the statement.

“As part of our family, we will stand behind him and support him in his recovery. We are making a contribution of $50,000 to help with his medical expenses.”

The Jamaican government, through its Sports Development Foundation (SDF), has also announced that they will also be contributing to Campbell's medical expenses. His family is trying to raise approximately US$100,000.

In August 2017, Campbell became the first Jamaican male distance runner to qualify for the final at the IAAF World Championships. He finished 10th in a time of 13:39.74.

 

 

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