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Nik Wallenda asks for help to support injured circus performers

September 11, 2019


HOW DRIVERS ARE PREPARING FOR THE BIG RACE. GOOD EVENING. THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH US TONIGHT. NIK WALLENDA SPENT HIS LIFE WOWING AUDIENCES AND NOW HE IS ASKING FOR HELP. TWO WEEKS AFTER MEMBERS FROM HIS TROOP FELL THE MEDICAL EXPENSES ARE PILING UP. NIK WALLENDA SPOKE WITH NEWS CHANNEL 8’S JOHN ROGERS WHO IS LIVE NOW FROM SARASOTA WITH THE REQUEST TO THE PUBLIC. Reporter: GOOD EVENING. NIK WALLENDA SAYS THE FIVE MEMBERS ARE LUCKY TO BE ALIVE. IT WILL BE A DIFFICULT AND EXPENSIVE JOURNEY MOVING FORWARD. SO THAT TRUST RIGHT THERE IS AT 24 FEET. OUR WIRE IS 28 FEET. TO GIVE YOU AN EYED. Reporter: IT IS A — AN IDEA. Reporter: IT IS A MIRACLE 5 PERFORMERS SURVIVED AFTER FALLING FEBRUARY 8. THEY HAVE A SLEW OF BROKEN BONES. HIS AUNT AND SISTER FACED THE WORSE INJURIES AND INSURANCE IS NOT COVERING EVERYTHING. THEY WERE IN THE TRAUMA CENTER FOR SIX DAYS AND BECAUSE THE THAT THE BILLS EXCEEDED THE POLICY. Reporter: HE HET UP THE NIK WALLENDA FAMILY FOUNDATION. A CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION WHERE FUNDS WILL GO TO HELP THOSE RECOVER. SEVERAL WON’T BE ON THEIR FEET FOR SEVERAL MONTHS BECAUSE OF BROKEN FEET. THAT IS HARD. Reporter: HE SET A GOAL OF $100,000 BUT HE FEELS THEIR EXPENSES COULD BE THREE OR FOUR TIMES THAT MUCH. HE IS PLANNING BENEFIT PERFORMANCES TO HELP THEM OUT BUT DESPITE THE CHALLENGES HE AND HIS FAMILY ARE REMAINING OPTIMISTIC. THE DOCTORS SAID BETWEEN 6 AND 9 MONTHS. I DON’T LIKE TO SAY THOSE WORDS. WORDS ARE POWERBALL. THAT PUTS LIMITATIONS. Reporter: CIRCUS LIFE IS A RISKY BUSINESS AND THEY ARE COUNTING THEIR BLESSINGS AND BELIEVING IN FAITH THAT SOON ALL THE INJURED WILL BE BACK ON THE WIRE. Reporter: HE WILL BE PERFORMING HERE AT CIRCUS SARASOTA, TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE AND HE IS SPENDING HIS OWN MONEY TO PROVIDE SOME OF THE PERSONAL EXPENSES FOR SOME OF THE MEMBERS HERE. AND HE HEARD FROM PEOPLE OVER THE WORLD INTERESTED IN HELPING OUT.

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