Wednesday, November 25, 2015 • 06:20

Valley Center teacher and husband need community support to get back on their feet

January 31, 2014
Tragedy struck on Jan. 3 when Craig and Kathy Nyberg were struck head-on by a car driving the opposite direction on route 56. Fortunately, both Craig and Kathy survived the accident, but their recovery process has been both arduous and expensive. Now their son, Nathan, is organizing a fund-drive to help them get back on their feet as soon as possible.

Kathy teaches third grade at Valley Center Elementary School, where she was in the middle of her 18th year prior to the accident.

After a car driving the opposite direction crossed into their lane and struck the Nybergs, Kathy had to be transported by emergency "LifeFlight" helicopter, and Craig was transported by ambulance. They have been married 44 years and have not been able to see each other since the accident.

Kathy sustained over 25 broken bones across her body requiring multiple surgeries, and doctors say she will not be able to walk for several months. Craig also has several broken bones and is currently in rehab to regain his mobility. He is making huge strides, but it will likely also be months before he is walking.

Their son, Nathan has set up an online fundraising site, which has already brought in over $11,500 from 112 contributors since Jan. 16. He hopes to raise enough to cover their living expenses through the end of 2014.

Kathy hopes to return to teaching by the fall of 2014, but she and Craig need all the support they can get in these difficult times. To make a donation, visit

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