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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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May 20, 2022

Dearest Friends and Family:

As many of you know, a team of our friends and community members are organizing a Rally for Rebecca 5K walk-run-roll to raise funds for Rebecca’s HHL campaign. (The event will start at Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School, with a fun run at 8:00 a.m. for the kids and the 5K starting at 8:30 a.m. It’s on rain or shine) The date of the event is Saturday May 28, 2022.

So far more than 300 people have registered to either join the race or volunteer on race day. We continue to be amazed and humbled by the amount of support that has been provided to Rebecca and our family. We are hoping for a super large turnout so if you are thinking of coming, then please put on your best walking and/or running shoes and come out on the morning of Saturday May 28th. It should be alot of fun and it is really for a good cause.

Rebecca will also be doing the race in her power chair.

It’s not too late to show your support in any way you can — as a participant, volunteer, sponsor or just by cheering everyone on…Our whole family will be there, and we hope to see you there too.

If you're from out of the area, you can participate virtually. We appreciate the army of people who've volunteered to help on race day, but we still need more. If your feet are too tired for running or walking the 5K, but you are able to help, please sign up using the sign up genius link:

We especially want to thank the organizing committee, sponsors and all the local shops and restaurants who donated food and raffle prizes and the POB police and fire departments, as well as the staff and administrators from the POB schools who are helping promote and providing a venue for the race. Registration and race details are here:

Sign up to volunteer (registration on Elite Feats page is optional for volunteers):

Thank you all so much.

Love, The Koltun Family

May 14, 2022

Dearest Friends and Family:

Thank you for reading this update and thank you for your support as always.

Rebecca is approaching her five month anniversary of living in the community as they say. Five months is longer than any hospital stay she had. Rebecca continues to do well. She keeps herself busy with all sorts of things. Her health continues to be steady and stable. Thank G-d. Last night we went out to a Japanese Restaurant for sushi. In a crowded restaurant Rebecca's voice can not be heard at times. Someone got her a voice amplifier. It works great.

When Rebecca was discharged we embarked on a new adventure. In many ways however it was like we were entering a dark cave with only the flashlight from our I phone to navigate. Caving has never been something that interested me. Now five months into this we are finding our way around. We have learned a great deal. We have gotten more. savvy.

When something like this happens information comes at you from many different sources. Some of it is valuable but alot of it is not applicable. At the beginning we had no idea what was what. Now we are getting a better sense. We all know the phrase live and learn. My Dad had a great phrase: Some can learn others must feel.

As many of you know Rebecca is entitled to and receives benefits from "Medicaid" the public welfare system that is supposedly designed to support individuals who are poor disabled etc. As an attorney I have dealt tangentially with Medicaid many times over the years. In working with the Medicaid system on behalf of Rebecca I am sorry to say that it is incredibly complicated, convoluted and woefully inadequate. In all this time I have never really met anyone who understands it.

In summary if we did not have private money Rebecca may not have been able to live outside of a hospital. If we did not have private money it would be almost impossible for Audrey and I to work. It is my hope and goal to one day raise enough funds so that Rebecca does not have to rely on Medicaid.

We have learned to accept help. We are grateful. I will admit I am a humbler individual. Rebecca is a very strong individual. She has what it takes. Many times when I sit down to write the update I have no idea what I am going to say. This was one of those times.

Love to all. The Koltuns.

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May 24, 2022

Rebecca is one of a kind gem

Jaya Roy

May 24, 2022

Dear Rebecca, Scott, Audrey & Erik, We are pleased to share that we will be at Rebecca's Rally this coming Saturday. Rebecca is a smart, beautiful, driven individual who has touched the lives of people all over the country if not world. We wouldn't miss this and will be there to support someone we see as being a force in life. Thank you Rebecca for showing us to never give up, you are a true inspiration. We will see you Saturday. Love, Debra Conk & Family

Debra Conk

May 24, 2022

Dear Rebecca, Scott, Audrey & Erik, I know it's been a while since I have posted but not one day has passed that we don't continuously think and pray for Rebecca's recovery. We read your beautifully written updates and love the way your home renovation came out. We will be at your rally this Saturday with family and friends in support of one of the greatest causes, supporting the determined and resilient Rebecca! We will see you there.
Love always, Donna Donnelly & Family xoxoxo

Donna Donnelly