A online fundraiser has been launched to help former Sleater-Kinney drummer, Janet Weiss, after she was injured in a car accident.
Weiss, who very recently decided to leave Sleater-Kinney in order to focus on her other bands Quasi and Slang, was forced to cancel a string of tour dates because of the injuries she suffered in the crash.
While the band have been relatively quiet in recent years, Weiss has been busy working on side projects which included contributing work to the likes of Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, The Shins and more. Despite not having released an album with Quasi since 2013, Weiss was due to hit the road for a series of shows before a “scary” car accident put a stop to proceedings.
Taking to social media to detail her accident, Weiss wrote: “As thoroughly bummed as I am about canceling the shows, I’m also incredibly thankful the accident wasn’t worse and so happy to be alive! I am lucky my injuries will heal and I’ll be back at it in a couple months.”
She continued: “Also tons of love and respect to my friends who are making me feel like a queen even whilst wearing a hospital gown. Hug your people and tell them you love them.”
Now, however, Weiss has been forced to crowdfund funds to help pay for her recovery in a fundraising effort which was launched by her sister Julie. “My sister, drummer Janet Weiss, was in a serious car accident,” she writes in the description. “A speeding car hit hers while she was driving near her house in Portland. At first she just heard a loud crash, then felt the car spin out of control. When her car finally stopped spinning Janet and her partner Drew Grow, who was in the passenger seat, were both conscious.
“Janet knew right away that something was wrong with her legs, and her left shoulder was also in pain. An ambulance rushed her to the nearest emergency room, where X-rays showed that Janet had a broken left collarbone, and fractures to both legs (her right Tibia and left Fibula). Drew was further from the impact zone and escaped with a painful broken rib.”
She added: “Because she will be in a wheelchair and out of work for at least 3 months, she will need help with the costs insurance doesn’t cover, like: out-of-pocket medical bills, nursing care, physical therapy, the wheelchair ramp that was installed at her house, and paying for her monthly expenses while she can’t work.”
Remarkably, the fundraiser has already smashed its $25,000 goal and is already above beyond that figure. At the time of writing this article, the current raised amount was $46,610. If you want to contribute, follow this link.