Family and friends of Sean Young are raising money for the nonprofit Help Hope Live to fund uninsured medical expenses associated with Catastrophic Injury.
Sean 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.
January 28, 2021
July 3rd, 2020 Sean’s life changed forever. One minute he was watching his brother being pulled behind a boat and the next he was fighting for his life.
When Sean fell from the boat, the boat went over him and the propeller struck him 5 times. Sean was flown to UVA where he went under emergency spinal surgery due to his injuries. After a 7 hour long surgery, all we could do was wait to see if he would wake up.
When Sean finally woke and was stable, it was our job to tell him that he had broken his back in 2 locations and that rods had been placed in his back, and had a bad spinal cord injury that was preventing him from feeling or moving his legs. 14 days at UVA and 47 days at the Shepherd Center, a spinal cord rehab facility in Atlanta GA, and we finally were able to head home to Virginia.
Sean was a 19-year old that was preparing to move out into the world. Sean had a full-time job and loved to play basketball with his friends during his free time. After the accident, not only did Sean have to try to figure out how to overcome his physical limitations but also has to struggle with the mental and emotional parts. Each day there are struggles, but with each day we learn more. Sean needs help with his daily needs.
In addition to the physical, mental, and emotional there were the expenses of going home. The ramp to get him into his home was costly because of the hill that he had to go down to get to his apartment. Thankfully a local non-profit stepped in. Thanks to multiple donations, we were able to get the ramp that Sean needed. Next was the remodel of the living space to make it wheelchair accessible and also to create an accessible bathroom. We are hoping this will be completed soon.
Sean loved the outdoors. Due to the restrictions of his manual wheelchair and the weather, he has not been able to get out much. We hope to be able to help make his camping area more accessible and to add an area where he could play wheelchair basketball.
All donations will be used to provide Sean with ways to live as independently as possible.