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Baseball Fundraiser Gives Hope to 23-Year-Old Quadriplegic

Emily Progin, Content Manager / 800.642.8399

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Joliet Slammers Honor 2 Years Since Homecoming of Sean Horst

JOLIET, Ill.—On Sunday, September 3, the southwest suburbs will come together to provide help and hope for one of their own. $5 of each ticket sold for a baseball fundraiser at the Joliet Slammers Fan Appreciation Night will benefit the nonprofit Help Hope Live in honor of Sean Horst, a Brookfield resident who sustained a life-changing spinal cord injury in 2021.


Fundraiser Details

When: Sunday, September 3 at 6:05 p.m. – gates open at 5:05 p.m.

Where: Duly Health & Care Field at 1 Mayor Art Schultz Drive, Joliet, IL 60432

What: Joliet Slammers baseball benefit to recognize the two-year anniversary of Sean Horst’s homecoming following a paralyzing spinal cord injury in 2021.

Cost: Tickets are $6. $5 of each ticket sold will benefit Help Hope Live in honor of Sean Horst.

Add an optional support wristband for $4 when you register.

Buy Tickets:

Flyer: Click Here

Can’t Make It? Donate online anytime:

Sean’s Story

In 2021, at age 21, Sean Horst broke his neck after diving into a swimming pool at a 4th of July party. He sustained a C4-C5 spinal cord injury that resulted in quadriplegia with paralysis affecting most of his body and all four limbs.

Sean spent three weeks in the ICU and five weeks in a rehabilitation facility. Despite life-threatening challenges, Sean has remained positive and determined since Day One.

Upon discharge, he could barely lift his arms—but by January 2022, Sean became able to use his own power wheelchair joystick to move and began to feed himself with adaptive tools.

Today, there is even more that the 23-year-old stands to gain from consistent rehab therapy. He’s already become a proud participant in adaptive sailing and handcycling. Sean looks forward to learning how to swim again and experiencing other meaningful activities.

There are many costs associated with life as a quadriplegic that insurance doesn’t fully cover. In fact, the lifetime cost for an injury like Sean’s can exceed $5 million.

That’s why his family turned to the trusted medical fundraising nonprofit Help Hope Live. Donations are securely administered by the nonprofit and collected at:

“Sean has always been a fun-loving guy with a great sense of humor,” his Campaign Page reads. “His humor remains—he remains positive about the future possibilities of recovery.”

Donations to Help Hope Live are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law, and all funds raised will be managed by the nonprofit to cover verified medical and related expenses. Help Hope Live verifies medical and financial need for every patient.

Help Hope Live is a national nonprofit that specializes in engaging communities in secure, tax-deductible fundraising campaigns for people who need a transplant or are affected by a catastrophic injury or illness. Since 1983, campaigns organized by Help Hope Live have raised over $172 million to pay patient expenses. ###

Written by Emily Progin