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Rebecca Aleck Koltun Needs Your Help

At age 21, due to a tragic accident, Rebecca is paralyzed from the neck down. Please help her get the spinal cord injury care and rehab she so urgently needs. ( If you want to follow Rebecca’s journey to recovery, scroll down and click “Subscribe” For information on fundraising and other activities, join our private Facebook group, Rally for Rebecca.)

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June 18, 2022

Dearest Friends and Family:

This morning I woke up at 4:41 am and could not fall back to sleep.

I have this recurring dream that I am back in college and it is halfway through the semester and I have yet to attend any classes or submit my assignments. This was very unlike me. I wish my dream would tell me what I did spend my time doing.

After a while I got out of bed and decided to do an update but then Audrey told me we need potato salad for tomorrow so I headed off to Shoprite.

Every day I try to think of the things Rebecca can do. This time of year it is easy to be outside and enjoy the sun, the breeze and the greenery.

Rebecca is focused on scheduling her days. She takes as much control as she can. She keeps busy with various appointments and visitors etc. We go all sorts of places in our van. She enjoys singing and doing her art.

A friend of ours who is a quadriplegic told me one day I will wake up and realize life has normalized. I would like to say we are approaching that but truly none of this feels normal to me. Of course I tell myself we are far better off than we were one year ago when we were stuck in Boston with no visible path home.

I still think why us? No doubt I had it good. I do realize there is tragedy everywhere. But still why us?

Notwithstanding the above we have been very fortunate. The community of support that exists for Rebecca and our family is incredible. It is never ending and is like a deep deep well that we always draw from.

I have no answers. I do not know that there are answers. Only to find enjoyment in the day.

Love to all, the Koltuns

June 6, 2022

Congrats to Rebecca's cousin Kyle for completing the 2022 Carilion Clinic IRONMAN 70.3 Virginia's Blue Ridge Race on Sunday, June 5! He turned his own race into the RACE FOR REBECCA, a personal fundraiser that resulted in $1,800 for Rebecca's care. His total time was 8 hrs 13 minutes. 2-mile swim, 58-mile bike (In mountains!) 13.5 run. Each event and total, swim 42 min, bike 4 hrs, run 3 hrs, the time total was 8 hrs 13 min. Congrats Kyle, and thanks for the awesome work!

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June 23, 2022

In memory of Thomas Varushese, grandfather of Jonathan Korason.

Lonnie Fogel

June 21, 2022

Dear Rebecca, Scott, Audrey & Erik, Last month we had the opportunity to meet you at Rebecca's 5K Rally. Your family is even more loving and enduring in person and are so deserving of ongoing support. We know none of this has been easy and every day may be different but we are always praying for each of you. May god continue to give you the the strength you need and that people from all over continue to support the Koltun family.

With Love,

Donna Donnelly & Family

Donna Donnelly

June 8, 2022

To Rebecca, the epitome of grace and courage.

Bob Frankfort Frankfort