Canadian Master Cpl Paul Franklin, a medic, lost both of his legs to a suicide bomber in Kandahar, Afghanistan earlier this year. His wife, Audra, and family were housed at the Fisher House while Paul was undergoing treatment at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. "Their support is invaluable. Without it, our son Simon couldn't have been close to his father after he was injured," Audra said.
Audra Franklin organized a fundraiser for Fisher House with a gala in Edmonton. Her efforts allowed Canadian troops to donate a record $120,000 to the Landstuhl Fisher Houses. The donation is a record.
Additionally, Canada presented Landstuhl Regional Medical Center Staff with one of its highest unit awards - the Canadian Forces' Unit Commendation. This is the first time this award has been given to an allied unit. The Commendation is awarded to a military unit that has "performed a deed or activity considered beyond the demand of normal duty."