Club Statement: Ross Bowers (MK Thunder)
As many of our supporters will know, former Milton Keynes Lightning forward Ross Bowers - now with the MK Thunder - sustained a serious eye injury during the final period of their home game on Sunday evening. Ross had emergency surgery but the devastating result is that he has lost the majority of the sight in the affected eye. He has been informed that even after 3 or 4 more surgeries the best he can hope for in that eye will be able to tell if a light in a room is on or off.
Ross played for the Lightning since our formation in 2002, for 11 seasons before moving to the Thunder in 2015. He dressed in MKL colours for just under 500 league, cup and play off fixtures, helping the team to four playoff titles and three English Premier League titles.
Having sight in only one eye, after a lifetime of good vision, will put his off-ice career in serious jeopardy and he certainly won't be able to work any time in the near future - although he is determined to get back to normal life.
This will put financial pressure on the family unit including girlfriend, Nicola, and daughter, Ellie.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for Ross and his family, allowing those in the MK hockey community who would like to make a donation, to do so: https://www.gofundme.com/ross-bowers
All of us at the Lightning send our thoughts and wishes to Ross and his family and we are currently discussing how we can help with fund raising for him, at our next home game this Saturday.
You can view the video update with more information about Ross’s condition, here: bit.ly/ross-bowers-update