As you may know, my brother Chris was in a serious bicycling accident at the end of July which tragically left him paralyzed from the mid-chest down and with limited use of his arms. He has spent the last several months in the hospital and is receiving excellent care, however we know it is a very long road to recovery. As you can imagine, not only is the hospital care very expensive, but there have been and will undoubtedly continue to be injury-related expenses both for him and his family, which is why we need your help.
Chris had been living in Boulder, enjoying the many outdoor activities the city offers, particularly biking, hiking and climbing. His career as a web designer was becoming more and more successful, and he was happily living with his wonderful girlfriend Brooke, harvesting vegetables from their garden and doing artwork on the side. Then one morning while commuting to work, in a fraction of a second, his life changed.
September 21, 2017
I thought it was about time to chime in personally to let you all know how I’ve been doing and how much I appreciate everyone’s support.
This past year and change has without a doubt, been the hardest time in my life. Since my initial injury, my entire life has been completely turned upside down. Because I’ve lost the ability to walk and use my fingers, I’ve had to relearn how to do virtually everything from using my phone, to brushing my teeth, to scratching an itch. Every task in my life has become a challenge, and it’s hard to fathom how much I took for granted before the injury.
In fact, the more I think about it the more I realize how hard it is to even talk about. The changes in my life are just so comprehensive that I don’t really even know where to start.
Without a doubt the most positive thing that has come out of all of this is the outpouring of support and love from family and friends. There is no way I could’ve gotten to this point without all of you. I can’t really even express properly how much I appreciate all of your support, but I just want to say from the bottom of my heart, thank you, thank you, thank you.
One last thing I wanted to mention for now—another good thing that has come out of all this is that I have rediscovered one of my latent passions: art. Before the injury I was creative at work creating interfaces for apps and websites, but now since things have changed I’ve had to get “creative” so to speak and find a new outlet for my energy, and I am fortunate enough to still be able to use my hands to draw and paint. Despite everything that I am going through, when I am doing art, all is right with the world.
It brings me joy to create and share my art with my friends, family, and the world. It is my hope that by sharing my art, I can spread awareness about spinal cord injuries and what is still possible with the right attitude, and of course, love and support from all of you.
I will be posting some of the art on this site but also on my Patreon on page. Here is a link to check it out:
July 31, 2017
Today is a year since my brother’s accident. Tonight is the last night Mom and Dad will be in Colorado with Chris, and tomorrow, after 7 and a half months living there helping him, they are flying back home to California. Chris and Brooke still have some logistical things to work out to make everyday life run smoothly, but even though it is hard to say goodbye (for now), it will be good for them to find their way back to their independent life. Today Chris, Brooke, Mom and Dad went to Rocky Mountain National Park. My mom just texted me some photos, so I created an album called One Year Later. She told me Chris took better photos, so when he sends them to me, I will add them. I also added an album with some beautiful photos of a hike Chris and Brooke went on recently with our friend Chris.
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January 3, 2018
Happy New Year, Chris and Brooke! I hope you're having a wonderful time in Texas. Keep in touch. Love, Sandy
September 26, 2017
Dear Chris, This past August we celebrated our 20th Drake High School reunion in San Anselmo. Although you were not there physically, you were there in spirit. If you are interested in seeing the pictures please visit our facebook page (drake ninetyseven). Today we will be donating the remaining reunion funds to Help Hope Live in your honor. Sending light + love + healing. Sincerely Gretchen (and the entire class of 1997)
September 7, 2017
Hi Chris, I was just thinking about you, so I thought I'd drop a note and say "hi!". I hope this message finds you in good spirits and having a good day. I had a fantastic visit with Jenny last week; it was so nice to see her and have her visit me for the first time up here in Seattle! Sending all my best, M
July 31, 2017
Dear Chris, My family and I have you in our prayers everyday and are sending our most powerful healing thoughts and love your way from San Anselmo for your full recovery and healing.