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On June 9, 2019, Cory Goral was enjoying a fun family weekend on the Colorado River, just outside of Blythe. He had been diving off the dock along with other family members all weekend, until the next dive went all wrong. Cory hit his head on the bottom, unable to move, he held his breath in hopes that someone would retrieve him from the water before floating downriver and drowning. Thankfully, family members rushed over to fish him out. They checked his vitals and supported his neck until the paramedics arrived and airlifted him to the hospital.

He was thereafter intubated and underwent neck surgery the next day. Cory fractured every cervical vertebra and is now fused from occiput (base of his skull) to T1. Communication for the week following his injury consisted of eye blinking and a whiteboard of a few commands based on the number of blinks, followed by more than a month of lip reading with a trach in to help him breathe.

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July 10, 2021

Hi all, we hope you are well and enjoying your summer. Cory and I have certainly been on the go lately... family caregiver retreat, visiting Cory's college friends, and tent camping. See more about our adventures on his caringbridge page.

May 16, 2021

Things have been getting a little busier around here. Audrey and I did a few road trips, I tried handcycling for the first time, Audrey had an appendectomy, I started working, and more. Please check out my Caring Bridge post for more details. Thanks for following my journey!

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December 22, 2020

We love you Cory!!!


October 19, 2020

Hope is one of my favorite subjects- it reminds me of Jesus Christ and some of my favorite Bible verses. May you have His living hope.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,”
‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭1:3‬ ‭NIV‬‬
Thanks be to Him for helping hope live.

Laurie Ward