Columbus, OH — Trainer and former driver Duane Stoliker, a 57-year-old resident of Lincoln, Del., who has been involved in harness racing for almost 40 years and is a current and long-time U.S. Trotting Association member, has set up a gofundme fundraiser to assist with medical and therapy expenses from a recent leg amputation.
“I’m a USTA member, army veteran with an honorable discharge, American Legion member and a father of three young children,” says Stoliker on his gofundme page. “Presently, I am facing my toughest challenge in my 57 years.
“I am appealing to the generosity of my fellow USTA members, veterans and American Legion (members) and anyone that can appreciate my situation.”
Stoliker, who has suffered from chronic pain from a severe injury suffered during his time of service in the Army, discovered fractures with extensive calcification in his left foot upon a 2016 visit to a V.A. hospital.
Complications led to extensive treatments to combat infection and pain, finally resulting in the amputation of his left foot on Sept. 11, 2019, then a below-the-knee amputation a few days later.
Stoliker will require further therapy for neuropathy.
For further information and to contribute to Stoliker’s “Life Altering Challenge” gofundme campaign, click on one of the links above.