Skier Burke's Family Stuck With $550K Bill

Website set up for donations
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2012 2:00 PM CST
Sarah Burke of Canada reacts after failing to place in the slopestyle skiing women's final at the Winter X Games at Buttermilk Mountain outside Aspen, Colo, in this Jan. 28, 2010 file photo.   (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

(Newser) – Sarah Burke's family has more than grief to deal with after her tragic death: The skier racked up more than half a million dollars in medical bills after her accident, CTV reports. The family has set up a website seeking donations to help—so far they've raised almost $125,000. It's unclear whether Burke had insurance to cover the kind of accident she suffered; the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association provided coverage for her, but only in CFSA-sanctioned events. Burke was injured during an event put on by her sponsor, Monster Energy. (Read more Sarah Burke stories.)

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