What is written and shared with readers in this sports-related blog and others can be viewed as a means to escape life’s tribulations.
Athletics is a good release from the daily grind. Discussing a loss or a win on the playing field allows folks to vent some anger or express excitement – a welcomed departure from their issues at work or even at home.
Real-life drama is meant for the front page – or in this day and age, the home page.
After communicating recently with a father who lost his 4-year-old daughter to a tragic automobile accident, his story has no bounds. It doesn’t matter if this blog pertains to the Arizona Wildcats.
Chris Siquieros and his family need our help.
Chris and his wife Sophia lost their young daughter Hailee on Jan. 5 when their minivan was struck from behind on the driver’s side at full speed by a pickup truck on U.S. Highway 93 in eastern Nevada. Chris, 30, slowed down on the two-lane highway to make a left turn into a rest area, but the truck, driven by Jack Arnold, 24, of Ashton, Idaho, did not stop and slammed into the minivan.
The force of the impact spun the Siquieros’ vehicle off the road and into a barbed-wire fence. Hailee took the entire force of the impact and suffered massive head trauma. She died before a helicopter could rush her to a hospital near Ely, Nevada.
The rest of the Siquieros family, including Chris, Sophia and their three sons Romeo, Isaiah and Charlie, were hospitalized. Charlie, Hailee’s 1-year-old brother, managed to survive despite suffering a fractured skull and leg.
The loss of Hailee is painful enough, but Chris, Sophia and their boys are trying to cope psychologically and financially to carry on with their lives in Tucson. They have already received substantial assistance from people in the community through car washes, donation buckets and an account set up at Wells Fargo Bank.
“(The donations to this point have) paid for my daughter’s funeral expenses as well as a little left over to replace things lost in the wreck like clothes and shoes,” Chris said. “It also paid for rent and deposit when we first moved into this house we are in now.
“The owner of the home was so moved by our story that she overlooked the fact that neither me or my wife had jobs and rented us the place just with the cash. I took some of our tax return and paid up on a couple more months of rent so I could stay home with my family a bit longer.”