Make it home for the holidays. Don’t text and drive.

Did you know that nine-out-of-ten drivers may be too distracted to drive safely? Or that texting while driving is so dangerous that you are 23 times more likely to crash?

Distracted driving becomes even more prominent during the holidays because of things like increased travel, stress, fatigue, and schedules becoming increasingly busier.


When these types of accidents happen, the reality is that critical care can often be hours away.

The STARS mission is simple – to save lives. Access Insurance is proud to stand with the men and women of STARS who offer time, hope, and life-saving transport to critically ill and injured patients.

Why do you support STARS?

Utilize the STARS hashtag #ISupportSTARS and let them know. Drive safely. Make it home for the holidays.

Here are a few of STARS’ VIP – Very Important Patient – stories.

Tyson Hribnak | Okotoks

After being caught in a propane explosion inside his family’s camping trailer, STARS helped Tyson to safely make the journey to the Alberta Children’s Hospital.

The boy and his grandfather were injured in the fire on August 31, 2012, while the family camped near Pincher Creek, AB.

To express his gratitude, Tyson raised funds for STARS by shoveling his neighbours’ walks in Okotoks.

Tyson, an avid advocate for STARS, has been featured in the 2014 calendar and in advertising for the STARS Lottery.

Brenda Schultz | Red Deer

Long before a crushing fall that left her paralyzed, Brenda Schultz bought – and sold – STARS calendars door to door.

In September 2011, Brenda was flown by STARS herself following a nearly five-metre fall from an outdoor deck on a rural property in Central Alberta. STARS pilots landed the helicopter at a nearby schoolyard in Alder Flats and flew her the rest of the way to University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton.

Since her mission, Brenda has continued to give back to STARS in any way she can, volunteering with the STARS Lottery and helping sell STARS calendars.

Blake Wilford | Calgary

On August 19, 2010, Blake Willford set out on his Harley Davidson motorcycle to meet his wife, Amber, at their holiday trailer near Radium, BC. The setting sun and haze from the past weeks’ forest fires in the area made it more difficult to see, and Blake collided with a moose just a few kilometres from Radium.

Invermere EMS personnel were soon on scene and called for STARS due to the critical nature of Blake’s injuries. The ambulance carried Blake to a designated landing site where STARS picked him up and transferred him to Foothills Medical Centre.

Blake’s injuries were assessed and included a concussion with several areas of bleeding within the brain, a dislocated and broken jaw, and a fractured collarbone and rib. He remained in hospital for four days and was treated for minor neurological issues over the following few months. An MRI in September 2011 showed no further health concerns.

For more information on our support of STARS, contact us.