Why are we fundraising? Our friend Brian was recently paralyzed in a vehicle accident. The average direct and indirect cost of traumatic paraplegia is between $300,000 and $500,000 in the FIRST YEAR of recovery alone. We want Brian and his family to focus on recovery and not on expenses. We are asking for a small donation of $1 to $5 along with well-wishes to help relieve financial stress and promote a positive healing support net for Brian.
On September 26, 2015 Brian's life changed dramatically when another vehicle turned into the path of his motorcycle and the near-fatal collision threw Brian over 50ft from his bike. Brian was wearing the appropriate protective gear, and luckily avoided brain damage, but suffered severe traumatic injuries to his spine. After life-saving surgeries the doctors told Brian that his spinal cord has been crushed, paralyzing him from the chest down and that he will likely never walk again (on his own). The difficult recovery involves weeks of intensive hospital care, months of rehabilitation, and a lifetime of complications.
This news has devastated his friends and family, and shaken all that knew Brian. Paralysis is not easy for anyone, but Brian was highly dedicated to personal fitness, physical activity, and a healthy lifestyle. He played years of competitive basketball and international handball, was trained in fire fighting and medical first response, and not many could keep up to Brian at the gym. Brian is also a certified personal trainer and not only strove to be the best version of himself but also helped many others to achieve their fitness goals. He was also an active member of the community who volunteered with big brothers & sisters. Him and his fiance, Tahnee, are extraordinarily caring people, with a home full of rescue dogs, lots of love, and unwavering hospitality.
Now on top of the traumatic events, Brian, Tahnee, and his family are faced with the sudden financial burden for treatment and recovery costs. The average direct and indirect cost of traumatic paraplegia is between $300,000 and $500,000 in the first year and between $1.5 and $2.5 million dollars in a persons lifetime. This means the bulk of the expenses occur in the first year, making them difficult to manage and adding extra stress that can slow the healing process. We want Brian and his family to focus on recovery and not on the debilitating expenses.
With several weeks of hospital treatments, many months of rehab, and no longer a source of income, some of the medical expenses are covered but many are not. There are a great deal of additional costs in order to bring back the quality of life needed to support Brian's new disposition, such as mobility assistance, home and vehicle structural modifications for his chair accessibility and a multitude of therapy aids and continued treatment. So we are asking anyone and everyone who has offered their support to donate whatever we can to help Brian during his recovery and to help transition him into a new and undoubtedly challenging lifestyle.
Brian has always been there for his friends and family. His positive energy, unique character, and determination in life has made him strong in many aspects, but now he needs our support, this is our chance to show Brian how much stronger he can be with the love and generosity of others. We ask that you keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers while he heals, and a big thanks to all who contribute to this cause. We cannot wait to put any raised funds toward his immediate and longer term well-being :)
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For more information on the ordeals and medical complications of spinal injury and paralysis treatment, here is a good description of what someone has to deal with for such an injury: