Jason Lunn, of Lacombe, encourages people to support the 2019 STARS Lottery. (Photo by SUSAN ZIELINSKI/Advocate staff)

UPDATED: STARS Lottery is back

Lacombe STARS patient tells his story

It was eight years ago this week that STARS air ambulance saved a Lacombe man after a horrific crash.

That’s why Jason Lunn, 47, who ended up wheelchair-bound from a collision with a semi-trailer unit, wanted to attend the STARS Lottery kickoff at Parkland Mall on Thursday.

“STARS means everything. I wouldn’t be here today if they weren’t flying that day,” said Lunn.

“They provide a service that is second to none. They just do a great thing. They save a lot of people’s lives, so I think people should recognize they should support (STARS Lottery).”

Lunn said on Jan. 14, 2011, during a whiteout on Highway 2 near the Lacombe Highway 12 overpass, his car was rear-ended by a semi.

He broke his neck and was left with a spinal cord injury.

Lunn said he doesn’t recall much about his ride to Edmonton’s Royal Alexander Hospital by STARS helicopter.

“I was in and out. The only thing I remember from the flight there, was my arm was cold up against the side of the helicopter.”

As a quadriplegic, Lunn spent five months in hospital and in rehabilitation. With ongoing physiotherapy at Lacombe Hospital, he continues to achieve new things each week.

He has his licence to drive with hand controls, coached his son’s football team, and was a torch bearer for the 25th Rick Hansen Anniversary Relay.

“Being put into a wheelchair, you can’t do the same things you used to. You can, but just in a different way. It’s just great to be here,” Lunn said.

Related:

Lacombe family wins dream home in STARS Air Ambulance lottery

9-year-old Red Deerian selling hot chocolate to help STARS

STARS spokesman Jeffrey Buhr said out of the more than 1,400 missions STARS flew last year, just under 100 were to the Red Deer area.

“Our hope is this year’s lottery will bring in $11 million for operations for STARS,” Buhr said.

He said STARS is working with donors to fund the replacement of its fleet — nine helicopters at $13 million each — so operational funding from lottery ticket sales is even more important.

In addition to the grand prizes of three fully furnished luxury homes in Edmonton, Calgary and Lethbridge, the 2019 STARS Lottery has its biggest early bird prize ever — a fully furnished townhome on Kelowna’s Sunset Drive valued at $963,395, along with $20,000 in perks and $30,000 cash.

The early bird cutoff date is Feb. 28.

In total, there are 2,809 lottery prizes worth more than $4.5 million.

The 50/50 draw has the potential to be the largest 50/50 payout ever in Alberta at $2 million if it sells out like it has in the past.

For more information, visit starslotteryalberta.ca

signature

Just Posted

Regulator’s report unlikely to settle Trans Mountain pipeline expansion battle

CALGARY — An environmental group that tried to widen the scope of… Continue reading

Red Deer firefighter is recovering, thanks community for support

Firefighters who help together, stick together. Red Deer firefighter medic Ben Barthel,… Continue reading

Biathlon women sweep the podium for second time

Biathlon women took top four spots in Thursday’s 10-km race

Zion’s freak injury ripples in basketball, business worlds

DURHAM, N.C. — Soon after Zion Williamson’s shoe ripped apart, Nike’s stock… Continue reading

HBC to shutter Home Outfitters brand and likely some Saks Off Fifth locations

TORONTO — Hudson’s Bay Co. is shuttering its Home Outfitters business and… Continue reading

Fashion Fridays: Must have wardrobe basics

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

NEB gives Trans Mountain pipeline expansion its endorsement

CALGARY — The National Energy Board has endorsed an expansion of the… Continue reading

Abel begins diving season on brink of record for most worlds medals

MONTREAL — Jennifer Abel could make history this summer in Gwangju, South… Continue reading

On eve of return to Toronto, former Raptors star DeRozan says he’s “moved on”

TORONTO — DeMar DeRozan has found closure. When the player once fondly… Continue reading

ACTRA to honour actress Jayne Eastwood who says being on set is her ‘happy place’

TORONTO — Looking back on her five decades in show business, Toronto… Continue reading

If proven, Smollett allegations could be a ‘career killer’

LOS ANGELES — Jussie Smollett is enmeshed in weekly drama on the… Continue reading

Ponoka host to Bayer Crop Science seed innovations trade show

The company held a trade show with seed crop science industry partners at the ag event centre

Gaudreau snaps goal drought to help Flames double up Islanders 4-2

CALGARY — The drought is over for Johnny Gaudreau. Gaudreau’s first goal… Continue reading

Federal government set to develop code of conduct for sport in Canada

OTTAWA — The federal government is developing a code of conduct for… Continue reading

Most Read