“My friends helped me with my recovery, but through The AFC, so did a larger community full of my friends and colleagues across the country”
– Mike Steiner
I was working on a film set downtown and decided to run an errand on my lunch break. I was riding down the street on my scooter when a man who the police later charged with jaywalking and drunk and disorderly conduct stepped out in front of me. The impact sent me into the air upside down, still on the Vespa with the ground coming up fast. I landed face first, knocking myself unconscious for 40 minutes. When I woke up I was in the hospital where I learned that I had broken my jaw in three places and had two major lacerations on my head.
Two surgeries and a week later my head was still the size of a pumpkin, but I was able to leave the hospital. The doctors told me that I would need at least six weeks of recovery at home before I could return to work. With no work, I wasn’t sure how I would be able to afford to live. A friend asked if I had tried calling The AFC. When he heard that I hadn’t he went down to their offices himself to pick up an application and helped me fill it out. A week later cheques arrived with money to cover my living expenses for the next two months as well as money to replace the clothes that had been destroyed in the accident. Not having to worry about the finances allowed me to relax and concentrate on getting better and getting back to work. During my recovery I had so many friends help me out, whether by making me soup or helping me fill out forms while I was full of painkillers.
These individuals helped me, but through The AFC, so did a larger community full of my friends and colleagues across the country.