We Got Ur Back Brian! – Help Brian Heal

Update posted by Cassidy Rankine On Sep 27, 2016

Hi Everyone

Its been a while since i updated all the followers on Brian's journey. Its been one year now since the accident that almost took Brians' life, and forever changed it. Though we all hoped that he might regain some lower body mobility, sadly his spinal cord injury was too severe and he has remained paralyzed from just below his chest down. For those of you who don't know Brian was released from the hospital at the end of January 2016 and he moved up to Edmonton to be closer to the support from his family and friends where he grew up. Unfortunately, the driver who turned into the path of Brian's motorcycle was not insured or licenced and has not taken any responsibility for his actions. The driver has even avoided court dates and avoided all legal pursuit for retribution, essentially skipping town leaving Brian on his own for financial compensation. The funds raised here through this campaign helped enormously to get him through the initial and some of the recurring medical expenses for traumatic spinal cord injuries, but the cost of living is significantly higher now for Brian and he is just now regaining the physical ability to rejoin the workforce.

Brian has shown remarkable progress in his recovery considering how badly he was injured. He is living on his own and has been working hard at regaining his strength and physique that he was well known for sporting. His journey through physical rehabilitation has not been easy but Brian has persevered beyond expectations, and with an amazing positive attitude that keeps us all inspired and more in awe each day. Now Brian is looking to get back into professional wellness and fitness as a career, but with a focus on para-athletics and mobility training. However, his desire to become a para-athlete and professional trainer for people with paralysis or mobility limitations is hindered by his access to para-athletic mobility equipment. Specialized training aids and sports wheelchairs are required for such a career path but are very expensive so we have started another campaign to raise funds and awareness for Brian's pursuit to become a professional para-athlete. If you, or anyone you know has any resources that may help Brian on his new journey please contact him or myself, or consider donating any amount to our new fundraiser at https://www.gofundme.com/BriansWheelife and please spread the word!


One Love!

Cassidy R



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Update posted by Cassidy Rankine On Nov 14, 2015

So the fundraiser ended October 30, and i have been out of town for a while but just wanted to add some closing remarks regarding just how amazingly successful everything has been! This campaign really surpassed our expectations, its unbelievable how many people contributed to helping Brian heal, both with your donations and your well wishes, the support has been truly amazing!

We had just over $23,000 donated online and a very impressive and crazy generous $10,000 donation offline from the Oldach family (Dianne and Brock) who have gone through a similar experience with their family and understand just how challenging it can be. We want to thank everyone once again for their contributions and want people to know how grateful Brian has been for the support. This money will be put towards some mobility aids and additional health care need for Brians paralysis once he is released from the hospital, hopefully next month.

Brian's recovery has been going well from what I have been gathering from him and his family, he has retained mobility from the chest up including shoulders and arms. He has one badly broken hand but that has been healing as well and soon he will be able to use both arms to help with his rehab. No doubt his strong mentality for recovery has been boosted by everyone's meaningful comments and frequent visits. In fact, he was even treated to a pretty sweet surprise birthday party in the hospital last night organized by his loving fiance Tahnee :)

This campaign was a huge success thanks to everyone who spread the love and shared our cause. Brian still has a long road to recovery but his spirits are stronger than ever with all the love and support he has been receiving from friends, family, and all of you. Well that's it for me for now, once again, a big thank you to you amazing people, One Love!!


To end things off, here's a quick video of Brian being a baller as usual on the hospital b-ball court with his high school crew from a few weeks ago :) This guy is bouncing back like a freakin champ!



Brian with his buddy Kevin "CashMoney" Dubyew.


Brian and his awesome family at his surprise b-day bash last night

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Update posted by Cassidy Rankine On Oct 22, 2015

Hi Everyone

There is going to be a Paint Nite for Brian in Sherwood Park on November 24th where $15 from each ticket sold goes towards Brian's fundsraiser. This will be a great opportunity for all the donors and concerned friends to get together and let out your creativity, have some drinks, and support this awesome cause all in one night! Plus the painting, called Sunrise in the Snow, should be pretty fun to try and make! - pictured below.

We felt the sunrise represented warmth and healing vibes on a cold winter morning - cuz winter is totally almost here - and the lighthouse symbolized guidance and direction, kinda like how everyone who has donated to this fundraiser has come together to brighten Brian's spirits :) Kinda cheezy i know, but honestly, if you haven't tried a paint nite before they are a blast. They give you the canvas and supplies and show you how to paint the theme picture, but you can really paint whatever you like! So if you want to come out and paint brian a personal picture, or add your own slogan to this scene to give to brian thats cool, or just try and paint this one and bring it home to remind yourself of Brian, thats cool too!

Just a heads up there are only 50 seats (35 left as i write this) and we need at least 35 tickets sold by Nov 9 to make this thing work (and not lose our deposit) so come out and paint it up! Also if you just want to come for a drink or a visit too thats great!

Nov. 24 at 7pm, Average Joes, Sherwood Park. Hope to see you there!

Here is the event link: https://www.paintnite.com/pages/events/view/edmont...

One Love!

-CR

Sunrise in the Snow - by Maggie Sylva

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Update posted by Cassidy Rankine On Oct 11, 2015

This thanksgiving, I'm thankful we still have our buddy Brian! here are some quick photo updates:

Zach and Karlee went to rally the troops this weekend. Looking good guys! We are told he should be able to get into a chair and outside the hospital for some fresh air by next week. :)


Brian and Kevin making the rounds, baby steps!


Brian and Tahnee relax after thanksgiving dinner in the hospital

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Great pics. Good to see you smiling Brain

jannine weil

Update posted by Oct 13

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Update posted by Cassidy Rankine On Oct 09, 2015

I had the chance to visit Brian this week now that he is out of the ICU and into the spinal recovery ward - where he will be for several weeks - and the news of our campaign and the kind words (and of course donations) from everyone really brought his spirits up. Brian's Injury has been confirmed as A - complete T7 level paralysis, meaning full loss of nervous control below the 7th thoracic vertebrae. It is still too soon to label anything impossible though and we are all hoping that Brian is able to beat the odds and regain some mobility, because we all know he is one tough bugger capable of anything he puts his mind to, especially with the support of so many of you!

We are all hoping Brian receives some legal compensation for the accident, unfortunately though, that could be many months or even years down the road depending on the speed of the investigation and court rulings, and in the end nothing is guaranteed. But for now he needs to deal with expenses piling up so we are hoping that everyone who has already donated please share the campaign in your networks and ask for very small donations, from $1 to $5. This is where the true power of crowdfunding really shows. We have had 45,000 views of the campaign so far but only 115 backers. If everyone who saw the site donated just $1 our goal would be easily met.

More than anything though, even small donations can have a large impact towards building the moral support of Brian and his family in these trying times. The positive vibes and well wishes along with a $1 donation will work wonders for creating a healing mentality for Brian so we encourage everyone to keep the ball rolling and share the campaign :)

One love!

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Update posted by Kim Hnatiw On Oct 07, 2015

Tune into Garner Andrews on SONiC 102.9 today and hear about Brians story. The good folks at Rogers Media have agreed to help us get the word out about what a great guy Brian is and how much he could use our support!

I tried SO hard not to cry. I Asked Brian what he wanted people to know about him and had to read it off just to avoid crying. And those of you who know me, know how I sound when I cry. Thank God Garner read the part about the accident, becuase I dont think I could have held it together!

Be strong Edmonton, hug your family today and as Brians friends said, lets blow this thing out of the water!

#WeGotUrBackBrian

-KIM (the sister)

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It didnt make the pod cast so it was a live tune in treat only.

Kim Hnatiw

Update posted by Oct 11

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Hi Erica, i dont think there is a recording available of the Sonic session but if i find one i will let you know. When i talked to Brian he wanted people to know how grateful he is for all the support and love coming his way, and that he is going to give his recovery everything he’s got :)

Cassidy Rankine

Update posted by Oct 11

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Hey Kim, is it possible for you to post Brian’s response when you asked him what he wanted people to know about him? For those of us who were unable to hear it yesterday morning. Or is there somewhere I can listen to the show yesterday? I couldn’t find it on the Sonic website. Thanks :)

Erica Forbes

Update posted by Oct 08

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Update posted by Zach Smith On Oct 05, 2015

Hey Everyone,

Wow what a milestone we reached this afternoon!! We still have a long way to go. To take this fundraiser to the next level we are really looking to get noticed by local radio/news stations to spread the word. Any sharing you can do with the hashtag #WeGotUrBackBrian would be greatly appreciated!!


Thanks everyone! Lets blow this thing out of the water!


-Zach and Cassidy

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I reached out to CTV and Global News in Edmonton and Calgary last week, but nobody responded. I feel like they are missing out on a really good story of community support and good faith coming together to pick someone up when they are down...so if anyone knows someone who would cover this story please share the word!

Cassidy Rankine

Update posted by Oct 14

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Update posted by Cassidy Rankine On Oct 05, 2015

Hi Everyone

I wanted to thank everyone again and follow up with some details on the direction of the funds raised. We realized our initial goal of $10,000 was going to be met in the first few days of the month long campaign, which is almost unbelievable (if you don't know Brians amazing friends and family who supplied the bulk of the initial funding), so we bumped it to $20,000, but know that donations will be accepted beyond that point until the end of the one month campaign on October 30, 2015.

Looking into more detail of treatment costs though we know that this campaign will only make a small dent in the enormous overall costs of first year treatment for Brian which can be well over $100,000, so here is a breakdown of what some of the money will go towards:

"Direct Costs of Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) include visits to non-physicians included services provided by physiotherapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, nurses, chiropractors, etc. Home modifications included all those designed specifically to accommodate the person with SCI in both the principal and any secondary homes, in addition to the homes of family and friends. Non-prescription items included non-prescription pain medication, catheters, dressings and bandages, laxatives, vitamins and rubber gloves. Adaptive equipment includes mobility aids (e.g. wheelchairs, braces, crutches), bed/ hygiene aids (e.g. hospital beds, special mattresses, bed or bath lifts, commode seats) and exercise and other miscellaneous items (e.g. exercise bikes, weights, special communication devices)." - from Kreuger et al. (2013)

Those direct costs do not include the indirect cost for loss of income, which can be substantial

More detailed info for SCI treatment in Alberta here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15249928

If we somehow manage to take this campaign to the next level (and i really hope we do) and raise over $50,000 then we can begin to consider some very interesting and exciting longer term goals like advanced automated and robotics assisted mobility chairs and devices that will really improve Brian's day to day life.

Things like:

The iBOT:

http://www.dekaresearch.com/ibot.shtml

The TEK RMD:

http://gizmodo.com/5894489/segway-style-device-for-paraplegics-puts-wheelchairs-to-shame

The REX:

http://www.kurzweilai.net/rex-robotic-exoskeleton-gets-wheelchair-users-back-on-their-feet

Neural Robotics:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0at3NzNRySg


Very exciting possibilities on the horizon, but for now keep sharing the campaign and sending your love until Brian is out of the hospital!


One love!

CR

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Update posted by Cassidy Rankine On Oct 04, 2015

The support so far has been outstanding! Thanks to everyone who is chipping in, this is incredible and emotionally overwhelming :)

We will keep everyone posted on how the funds are spent so you know exactly what you are contributing to.

We can really feel the love!

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Brian; your strength, determination, and smile are all such an inspiration to the many people that care and support you. My thoughts and prayers are with you along the way.

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So great to see how much support you have! Stay strong buddy!

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Thinking about you lots Brian. Keep your spirits up. Praying for you Love Sandy and Doug

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