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June 13th, 2020 started out like an ordinary Saturday, but ended up changing our family forever when my healthy, strong 33 year-old son Jeremiah was injured in a catastrophic accident. After a long week of installing doors, Jeremiah got cleaned up and was looking forward to unwinding with his sweetheart, Liz, who lives about two and a half hours away. He made the trip before and was familiar with the roads. Unfortunately, with about 30 minutes to go, Jeremiah nodded off and his panel van careened across the highway, off the road and collided with a tree. The vehicle flipped over and crashed onto a boulder field.
Thankfully, no other travelers were involved in the crash. Those driving behind him saw what happened and quickly called 911. Rescue workers from several fire companies stabilized his van. Dozens of first responders carefully extricated him and transferred him to a helicopter that flew him to a nearby trauma hospital. Upon seeing the mangled mess of the van, the employees at the tow yard said that they’d never seen a wreck that bad in which the driver was still alive. Jeremiah’s miraculous survival amazed this seasoned crew!
After multiple surgeries and more than a month in the Trauma ICU, Jeremiah was transferred to the world renowned Magee Rehab Hospital in Philadelphia where he is working hard to recover physically and emotionally.
We are beyond grateful that his life was spared—however, he sustained significant injuries, so he’s going to need a great deal of help in his journey back to wellness and independence.
To be honest with you, Jeremiah is usually the one offering help, but now that he has suffered a spinal cord injury he is in need of a support team. By joining us, you will become an essential part of Jeremiah’s Journey.
Since the accident, Jeremiah has steadfastly maintained an optimistic and grateful outlook as he adjusts to his new realities. He has already proven himself to be much more than a survivor. Jeremiah is currently considered a quadriplegic but he knows that’s just a way to describe his limited mobility—it doesn’t define him. He feels blessed to have the love and support of so many friends and family members.
Painting was a source of deep healing to his heart and emotions prior to the accident and it continues to be a creative outlet to process the changes he is experiencing, to keep moving forward. He knows an amazing journey lies ahead.
Ways to help:
Jeremiah and our entire family would like to express our profound appreciation for the many prayers that have been offered on his behalf. Please keep them coming!
We are grateful that Jeremiah has been approved for Medicaid, but the experts at Magee have prepared us to accept that many, many of Jeremiah’s medical expenses will not be covered.
$100,000—Immediate goal to cover urgent priorities:
A wheelchair accessible van so Jeremiah can be transported to doctor’s appointments (and everywhere else he needs to go)
Renovation expenses for the apartment being renovated to accommodate his wheelchair, lift and other equipment. (Lots of skilled workers are donating their labor!)
General supplies and assistance that aren’t covered by insurance.
Gifts of any size would be greatly appreciated. We are working with an amazing non-profit called: Help Hope Live which has simplified this fundraising process immensely. They are a top-ranked non-profit and have 37 years of experience helping families like ours. Help Hope Live assures fiscal accountability of funds raised and tax deductibility of gifts. Contributors can be sure donations will be used to pay or reimburse medical and related expenses. They have thought of everything!
In the coming months, I will also be contacting you about some Jeremiah’s Journey fundraising events (likely virtual, due to Covid19) that are being planned that you may wish to participate in. But we have so many immediate needs to help Jeremiah transition out of the rehab hospital and into his new home, I hope you will consider making a gift today by using the donation button on this page.
Thanks in advance for your consideration of joining the Jeremiah’s Journey support team,
P.S. I’m so excited that Jeremiah will soon have a larger team of support. Welcome aboard this exciting and humbling adventure.
Family and friends of Jeremiah Wilson are raising money for the nonprofit Help Hope Live to fund uninsured medical expenses associated with Catastrophic Injury.
Jeremiah has chosen to fundraise for Help Hope Live in part because Help Hope Live assures fiscal accountability of funds raised and tax deductibility for contributors. Contributors can be sure donations will be used to pay or reimburse medical and related expenses. To make a tax-deductible donation to this fundraising campaign, click on the Give button.
For more information, please contact Help Hope Live at 800.642.8399.
Thank you for your support!
I'm sorry Gary and I were away and couldn't attend your concert. You are in our thoughts and prayers!
Carol and Gary Covert
friends of your mom and Paul, and Kristin Balla
James Risser's mom
Rooting for you, Jeremiah!
Our goal was to raise $5,000 toward a Wheelchair Accessible Van (which costs $36,000) so that Jeremiah can attend appointments and live a full, active life in spite of his setbacks. However, so many people have been so incredibly generous that we have more than tripled that goal. To date, we have received approximately $19,000!!!!
Everyone who participated in the event, in any way, can feel proud to have been a part of helping Jeremiah purchase his much needed van.
Below is the list of raffle winners. Winners will be contacted directly this week to make arrangements for delivery of prize or prizes.
Winner\'s Name Raffle # Raffle Item
Pam Hairlinger, 1. Martini Night basket : a cocktail book, 4 Absolute different flavored vodka, limoncello, Amoretto, Cointreau, blue cheese olives and mixers.
Greg Manning-Smith. 2, Beer Snob Igloo cooler: 15 assorted craft pounders size beers. 2 insulated Phillies 20oz cups and some snack bags.
Charles Pletcher Jr., 3, Mutt Stuff Pet Bag: chock full of dog treats, toys, and grooming supplies
Rhys Williams, 4, Craft Cider Box: 21 assorted specialty Hard Ciders
Heidi Schuerger, 5, 2 & 2 Wine Basket: 2 red and 2 white wines
Rhys Williams, 6, Take a Break Crate: a bottle of each of Mead, White wine and Red wine.
Jon Yenney, 7, Hotel stay (Comfort Suites, Manheim Lancaster, $199 value)
Sharon Artingstall, 8, Beautiful Necklace and Earring Set:
20\" triple strand, braided necklace with 2\" extender and coordinating drop earrings. Made with impression jasper, wooden, and matte glass beads. Impression jasper (Variscite) is a stone of tranquility and encouragement. This stone is said to help the wearer find inner peace and clarity and is used for emotional healing.
Kristin Bala, 9, Gourmet Chocolate! by Bridge Street Chocolate ($125 value) (Yum!)
Jon Yenney, 10, Photography (Mini Family Sitting, $150 value) with Lyryn Kay Photography
Hope Kelser, 11, Dine Out in Newtown Square, $200 value (Casey\'s & Anthony\'s)
Jon Yenney, 12, Wom,en\'s Haircut and Gel Manicure ($90 value) with Jennifer Figueroa at Sola Oregon Pike, Lancaster
Carol Brown, 13, Israel Rising Coffee Table Book ($35.99 value)
Lori Barbers, 14, Perfect Pots Gift Card ($25 value)
Heidi Schuerger, 15, Square One (Lancaster) Coffee Lovers Gift Set ($65 value)
Rhys Williams, 16, Two Tickets to Faith & Liberty Discovery Center (Philadelphia) ($20 value)
Jon Yenney, 17, Blue & Red Pendant
Patricia Malley,18, Blue & Yellow Choker
Hope Kelser, 19, Blue & Yellow Triplets
Tamara Waters, 20, Fiery Drop Earrings
Jon Yenney, 21, Saturn Necklace
Your story brought tears to my eyes ,but your strength and determination is inspiring.
I am donating this amount, after I got a check from Pa treasury for unclaimed property.
I could not spend it more wisely! Keep going!
I don't know Jeremiah, but I was moved by his story and wanted to help.
Psalm 28:7 - "The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth, and with my song I will praise him." Honored to know you, friend!
We won the Chef!!!!!
Winner of Sunday’s toon piece memories art work
Great benefit concert online!! So enjoyable
Hope this helps a little, Monte
Love you, Jeremiah! It’s wonderful to see you painting and living life with hope and joy!
What a community of support we have here! Feel free to join in by livestream at 4 pm today, Sunday April 18 if you are able:
may God bless you with attaining your goals :I had a similar accident 40 years ago but didn't have my spinal cord affected ...My cousin also had a stroke relatively young and was all set to get his driving license back when he suffered another which permanently disabled him ....please do not give up trying I'm praying for you
Jeremiah, we are inspired by your spirit and determination and pray for you and your amazing, supportive family. God bless you all!
Peter & Donna Yacoe
For a speedy recovery.. all the best
Blessing to you n your future journeys.
Your journey and spirit are inspiring. Your art reveals the colors and vibrancy of your soul. God bless you always.
Wishing you the best, man! Hope you get a decent van.
Hang in there Jerermiah! Stay strong!! Hoping you get that van you need! What a great positive attitude you have! God Bless you and your wonderful girlfriend and your family! Prayers for all!
Wanetta Honeycutt & Ryan Wesley
Praying for a miracle healing for you, Jeremiah, and that the fund-raiser will meet the goal the community has set. I know the Lord must be pleased with your optimistic attitude. It certainly is an inspiration to the rest of us.
Praying for you Jeremiah!!
Jer is a cousin of mine. I have always loved and cherished the time we have spent together. We are so lucky to not have lost such an incredible person and I am happy to support his fight. If you’re seeing this, Jer, I love ya buddy. You are special and the entire Williams family will always love you! Hang in there Jer, I can’t wait to introduce you to my baby girl!
God Bless Your Journey
Sending Love to Jerimiah and his family ❤️
Jeremiah, I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. You are a very strong person and an inspiration to all of us who are reading and listening about your journey. Keep all of us in your prayers also. With my warm regards, Joe Schmuckler
Praying for your son and your family. Hoping he continues to get better and live his life to the fullest.
Debbie (Tate) Choate
Sending love Jeremiah and Kathi!
You have already demonstrated so much courage, grit and appreciation. Always keep in mind that you have a whole support team encouraging you, praying for you and ready to help in so many ways. May the Lord continue to bless you, strengthen you, heal you and fill you with His peace that passes all understanding. Sending lots of love and support,
Karen & Jim Hess
Kathi and family - I pray that our Lord will give you comfort, grace and strength now and in the future as you care for Jeremiah. "All things work together for God for those who love God and are called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28
Hi Kathi and family -
So sorry to learn of the difficult journey that began for your family last June. Jeremiah, I watched your video and your spirit and determination are inspirational! I hope your next vehicle will provide you with more comfort as you continue your very impressive rehabilitation! Happy and humbled to play a tiny part in assisting with achieving this next goal. Sending prayers, thoughts, and strength to you all and keep us updated on your journey.
Jeremiah! We do not know each other, but I do know your mother Kathi, having spent 6 years in school with her in the 70s. And if there is one thing I know about her, I know that she can fight through the darkest of times and help bring miracles with her radiant smile and will to help. In the Jewish tradition, we learn that there are two types of light, concealed and revealed. \"Revealed\" light consists of graduations, weddings, anniversaries, baby births, new jobs and promotions, etc. \"Concealed\" light, on the other hand, are those situations that seem as dark as possible. I\'m writing this on Holocaust Remembrance Day, a case in point. My prayer for you Jeremiah is that you find with God\'s help the light in the new opportunities you have been given. With a dedicated mother like Kathi at your side on this new journey, I\'m sure you\'ll succeed. We are all in your corner, and we are all looking forward to seeing pictures of you motoring around in that cool set of wheels. Blessings from Rahmiel Hayyim (f/k/a \"Rob\") Drizin
Rahmiel Hayyim (f/k/a \"Rob\") Drizin
We are so happy to help support your family, Kathi. Your smile, kindness and good cheer have been a part of our lives for a very, very long time. Love, the Shaid-Kedson family.
Sending love and healing thoughts to you and Jeremiah!
Hoping for a complete recovery and a successful benefit concert and participation, XO and support from the MN Class of \'78! Everyone is doing such a great job on that. Kath and Jeremiah---Lean on us! Sending XOXO always.
Lisa, David, Brett, Talia, Alana Zazz-Segelmans
Thinking of you man! Wish you all the best! Hope to see you in D&D soon!
We hope that light and strength continue to support your recovery...very best thoughts and prayers...Tom and Karen
Praying for you and your family.
N Jacquelyne North
Blessings and love to you and your family. I will be praying for you all. Dhalom & God Bless you.
Psalms 139:10 "Wherever I go, your hand will guide me; your strength will empower me."
Blessed to lift you up in prayer to a Loving Father, Jehovah Jireh, Jehovah Rapha, Adonai. He has so much in store for you Jeremiah. May God's abundant blessings shower over you throughout your recovery.
My dear Jeremiah, I am praying for your recovery and looking forward to the wonderful future you have ahead of you. God has plans! Love always, Aunt Kristin
Jeremiah, you are one strong and brave guy with an army of support behind you. I trust that you feel the love and support from family, friends and even a few strangers pulling for you, praying for you and looking for ways to help out. Your journey is a testimony of the power of love, compassion and commitment. Stay strong! Lots of love, Karen and Jim Hess
Craig and I are lifting all of you up to the Lord in prayer. May He give grace, strength and hope. In His love, Sue
Susan M Cameron
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In honor of Jeremiah R. Wilson
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