As some of you may have heard, our friend and fellow Canadian rider Ben Leclair had a very bad crash wakeboarding in Florida and underwent spinal sugery in Orlando. We don’t know the extent of his injuries just yet, but we do know that Ben will need the support of the entire wake community to help in his recovery. A web page has been set up with Road2Recovery where everyone can make a donation to assist with Ben’s medical expenses. Even though the fundraising target is $250,000 every little donation will make a big difference to support Ben and his family through this unfortunate time and recovery process. Please use only the hashtag #BenSquad, if you post and share anything on social media, so that Ben can look at what everyone is posting and see the collective support for him.
Please join all of the wake community in supporting Ben.
Donations can be made at Road2Recovery: https://road2recovery.com/cause-view/ben-leclair/
For more insight on Ben’s injury and what you can do to help please click this link to watch a video from Brad Smeele.
Brad Smeele: I have been sitting here feeling helpless about what to do in this situation. I made this video so that I could get across my thoughts and feelings and some information about spinal cord injury. I’m constantly thinking about Ben and how he must be feeling while he’s laid up in the ICU, where I was a little over two years ago. Please help support him by donating to his recovery. Show him some love on Instagram @benleclair #BenSquad #oneloveinwake
Below are just a few of the wake community notables supporting Ben:
@KevinHenshaw : I just want to update everyone on Benjamin Leclair. It’s still to early to say an outcome but I can say he is in good spirit and has an amazing support group around him! I was able to work with @bradsmeele and the guys from @road2recovery and we have moved fast to get as much support as possible for what’s to come for our amazing strong and talented friend Ben. If you can go to this Road2Recovery website and donate to help him and his family with this unfortunate time in their life anything truly helps as there is a lot to cover. If you are to post anything on social media, we ask that you only use the hashtag #BenSquad, nothing else so he can look at what everyone is posting and see the love and support he has around him.
@YanLecomte : Please take few minutes to donate for my dude ti ben. Svp prenez quelque minutes pour donner a qlqun qui en aura bcp besoin. Tiben as eu un grave accident en wake au etas unis et ils aurais besoin de notre aide. Merci #bensquad
@Alex_Savoie : My friend Ben Leclair had a spinal surgery after a hard wakeboard crash. Ben and his family need your help since it’s really expensive staying at an United States hospital. Please go to Road2Recovery to go donate what you can. We are with you Ben Leclair. Mon ami Ben Leclair a subi une opération cervicale dernièrement après un grave accident en wakeboard. Ses soins à l’hôpital au États-Unis sont très dispendieux, Ben et sa famille ont besoin de votre aide et vous pouvez le faire en donnant. On est avec toi mon chien! #bensquad
@Arnaud_Derome : You can’t put a price on friendship, fun times, wakeboard inspiration and good laughs. But today we can! Ben Leclair has given all of us these so many times it is OUR time to give back. Go help him on his recovery journey by giving a little or a big something. #bensquad
@DylanMiller : It’s time to take our thoughts and turn them into actions. As you all probably already know our friend Ben Leclair has suffered a serious spinal cord injury. There is a page set up to financially assist him and his family with this unfortunate situation. Let’s all work together and show our support. Please use #BenSquad to show your love. LETS DO THIS PEOPLE!!!!!
@pointes_wake_park Ben Leclair has been involved in a life changer wake accident last week end in Florida. Actually in Orlando with his family, he needs our positives vibes and toughts. You can also help him and his family by donating what you can at Road2Recovery. Ben Leclair a été impliqué dans un accident de wake qui change une vie en fin de semaine passée. Actuellement à Orlando avec sa famille à ses côtés, il a besoin de vos ondes et pensées positives. Vous pouvez aussi aider en faisant un don Road2Recovery. #bensquad On t’aime mon gars!
@keeterbaws (Keeton Roper) : As many of you know a good friend and fellow Canadian wakeboarder Ben Leclair has suffered a serious spinal cord injury while riding together this week in the states. A page has been setup for financial assistance and information on what happened. Hospital bills across the border are outrageous. PLEASE take the few minutes to view the link and support with what you can ! LETS FUCKING DO THIS #bensquad #bensabadass
@DustinOferrall : #BenSquad Sending good vibes an prayers to our Canadian friend Ben Leclair and his family, as he’s fighting from a serious spinal injury crash on his wakeboard. There’s been a financial assistance page setup for everyone to help come together to donate to help out in the medical costs, an recovery, in this time of need for Ben and his family. Road2Recovery is where ya gotta go. Updates, on how he’s doin, as he gets through this! We love you dude, you’ve got an entire industry of good people behind you. You got this! PLEASE take a minute to donate!
@MichelaPhillipswake : As some of you know Ben Leclair had a bad wakeboarding crash and underwent spinal surgery in Orlando. It’s up to each of us as fellow Canadians, wakeboarders, friends and good people to help him get back on his board. He’s an extremely talented rider and we want to see him back out there. Please donate towards Ben’s expensive medical care. #BenSquad
@AshleyLeugner : This amazing, talented Canadian wakeboarder was recently in a bad wakeboarding accident and suffered a spinal cord injury. Ben Leclair needs our help! Please donate to help him out with his medical bills and costs of recovery. #bensquad #wakeboard #community #cometogether
@TaylorHanley : My good friend Ben Leclair has had a serious crash while visiting Florida and has undergone spinal surgery. There has been a financial assistance page setup on Road2Recovery to help him and his family in this unfortunate situation. Please take the time to Donate, anything will go a long way. You got this Ben! We love you!
@quinnsilvernale : Ben Leclair is my teammate, a legend, a pioneer of modern wakeboarding, and most of all a good friend to many of us. He needs all of our thoughts and prayers as he recovers from a horrible wakeboarding accident and the spinal surgery that followed. We love you Ben, stay strong! #bensquad
@parxx (Parks Bonifay) : One of our close friends Ben Leclair was just in a severe wakeboard crash. We need all positivity and prayers sent his way . And if you can make a donation to Road2Recovery, every little bit can help. Please help him and his family get through this very tough time. #bensquad
@AaronGunn : Ben Leclair, you pushed the sport of wakeboarding in a direction like no other and I can’t wait to see you back out there continuing to push it. Ben’s Road2Recovery page is up and running and every little bit counts! Help this talented guy on his road to recover! #bensquad
@BrentonPriestley : It’s here! The best way we can help our brother Ben Leclair at this point in time besides sending positive vibes!, is to go to Road2Recovery and help in anyway you can!!! P.S thinking of you legend here in any possible way for you!!! #bensquad
@Christian_Primrose : My buddy Ben LeClair took a gnarly crash wakeboarding last week with him ending up having spinal cord surgery down in Orlando, Florida. We’re all thinking of you Ben! Stay strong and stay positive. Donate to Ben at Road2Recovery #BenSquad
@nicovonlerchenfeld : #bensquad
@benleclair you are such a wakeboard inspiration, I wish you all the best for your recovery! We all believe in you! Let’s all help Ben by donating through Road2Recovery
@shawnmwatson : Sending prayers and good vibes to my boy Ben Leclair who recently had a bad crash and sustained a spinal injury while wakeboarding. I just joined the #bensquad by donating to his road to recovery and we all in the wake community encourage to do the same, every little bit helps! Road2Recovery
@TomFooshee : Hey guys, a good buddy of mine, Ben Leclair has had a tragic accident wakeboarding and needs our help. Please, if you can head to Road2Recovery and help donate to Ben’s cause as his medical bills and surgeries will not be cheap.
@Melissa_Marquardt : The injuries athletes go through to push their sport is tough to comprehend from the outside. Ben has been pushing the sport consistently with some of the sickest and creative photos and video parts. Thank you @benleclair for being a gangsta. The two months in the Philippines with you and the crew were all time. much luv from the westsiiide. #bensquad
@Area52.tv : We are part of the #BenSquad and you should be too. Head to Road2Recovery website and help support Ben and his family through these hard times to help Ben get back to being one of the best athletes out there.
@Shredtown : Ben Leclair is not only one of our closest friends and most respected riders in wake, but has a riding style that is unmatched in the industry. Ben had a serious crash recently and injured his spine and needs all the love and support to get him back on his feet. Please donate and ensure a smooth recovery for one of the raddest dudes we know. #bensquad
@RanchWakePark : Sending good vibes to our Canadian brother Ben. He had a bad wakeboard crash and needs some support for his recovery. Go to Road2Recovery to help him out and keep him in your thoughts. #bensquad
@SlingshotWake : We had the opportunity to visit Ben Leclair in the hospital today and have spent the afternoon with his closest friends and family members. Ben has a big fight ahead but the expressions on his face during the visit today spoke volumes about his determination to win this battle! A huge thanks goes to @kevinhenshaw who was with Ben at the time of the accident and has been by Ben and his family’s side ever since. Please go to the donation page that has been setup with Road2Recovery ( much thanks to fellow ripper @bradsmeele ) where you can make a donation to help bring our brother back to good health! Along Ben’s road to recovery please use the hashtag #bensquad to show all of your love and support! You’ve got this Ben!
@oneillUSA : Our friend and team rider Ben Leclair has suffered a serious spinal cord injury. There is a web page set up to financially assist him and his family with this unfortunate situation. Let’s all work together and show our support. Please use #BenSquad to show your support. Visit Road2Recovery to see how you can help.
@Sesitec : Ben Leclair is one of the most talented riders in wake and an amazing person. Please keep him in your thoughts and go to Road2Recovery wesbite to find out how you can help Ben and his family with a donation. Anything truly helps! #BenSquad
@ronixwakeboards : Wakeboarding has always been an industry where we look out for each other. We have a brother in need. Please help support Ben Leclair by donating to his recovery foundation, Road2Recovery. Also, show him some love on instagram: @benleclair #BenSquad #oneloveinwake
@liquidforcewake : For those that have not yet heard, fellow friend and wakeboarder, Ben Leclair, suffered a severe spinal cord injury while riding Friday. Please help him and his family by going to Road2Recovery and donate, any amount helps. It’s times like these we as a community need to come together. Thoughts and prayers are with you @benleclair