Moments after Bonnie Fortin met her fourth son, Emery, in August 2013, her health went downhill rapidly. A scheduled C-section had led to profuse bleeding, and STARS needed to transport her to a tertiary-care hospital for emergency surgery.

“I was in critical condition when STARS arrived and running out of time,” said Bonnie. “Using their skills and knowledge the paramedic and nurse stabilized me enroute to hospital enough that I would survive surgery. It’s amazing what these people can do in the back of a helicopter.”

Since her mission, Bonnie has shared her story with friends and strangers every chance she gets. In 2014 she launched a Mother’s Day fundraiser for STARS in her rural community and donated more than $18,000 to our non profit. Bonnie says fundraising and volunteering her time is the least she can do.

“Without STARS, I would not be here. My husband Dayle would be raising our four boys alone and that would have left a big hole in my family.”