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Rebecca Aleck Koltun Needs Your Help

In March 2021, 21-year-old Rebecca was in a tragic skiing accident that left her 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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September 24, 2023

Dearest Friends and Family:

I am going to write a book. It will not be about Rebecca. I am going to title it "Journey to the Bottom of my Wife's Purse". It will be part science fiction and part fantasy. It will talk about the endless abyss, the black hole of what can be found there such as receipts from the 1990's and lost single earrings purchased at art shows. The book may not do well but I would like to license it for a movie.

Rebecca is doing well. She is looking forward to wearing some of the nice fall sweaters that she recently purchased. Lately she has been introducing caregivers and friends to the store Primark located in Roosevelt Field. She continues to paint and is working on the skill of painting Christmas Trees. This is not as easy as it sounds. Nevertheless, she persists. She is also making her protein balls which take up alot of space in our refrigerator.

Tomorrow is Yom Kippur the most serious of all the Jewish holidays as that is when it is determined whether we will be inscribed in the book of life. This past week we celebrated Rosh Hashana which is the Jewish New Year. Last night I had tuna fish and egg salad for dinner which will also be part of the menu when we break fast.

We have received some lovely communications in the past several weeks from individuals who are inspired by Rebecca. Some of them we know and some we don't. These messages inspire us.

We Koltuns wish you all a happy and healthy. We continue to be grateful for all of your support.

Love Audrey, Scott, Erik and Rebecca.

August 30, 2023

Dearest Friends and Family:

It is hard to believe that the summer is coming to an end and that before long I will be digging through the bottom of my closet searching for my winter gloves and wool hat.

Rebecca has had an enjoyable summer. She has gone to many concerts. Most recently she saw the Lumineers at Jones Beach Theatre. Earlier this summer she saw Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift at Met Life in New Jersey. As for me I saw an Eagles tribute band and Oppenheimer.

This past week my mother-in-law came to visit. I truly love when my mother in law visits as she brings such a good vibe to our house. On the Saturday of her visit we drove into the city and went to see Aladdin on Broadway. Rebecca navigated her power chair through all of the craziness in Times Square. She said it was like being in a video game with people coming at her nonstop from all directions. That same week we also took some fun day trips to Greenport and Tobay beach.

Earlier this summer Rebecca took the Long Island Railroad for the first time since her accident into Grand Central Station. It was quite an adventure being on the train with her. We then had lunch in Bryant Park and watched the Dominican Day Parade. For lunch that day I had a Caesar Salad with too much dressing which made the lettuce kind of soggy.

Rebecca continues to paint. She has gotten quite good. We all continue to move forward. I find the best methodology is to not think too deeply or overanalyze. Just do and enjoy. As Carl Reiner said if you wake up and you are not in the obit then have breakfast!

Once again we want to thank everyone out there who offers us support whether it be financial or emotional. We are greatly appreciative and always will be!

Love, The Koltun Family

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September 24, 2023

Happy fall to the Koltun family, Your updates are incredibly uplifting and not being on social media I appreciate the email with all the great events you having going on to help support Rebecca's recovery. We will always support Rebecca and can only imagine the expenses your family faces. Keep up the great hard work you are all doing and please know we are always praying and supporting the inspirational determined Rebecca.

With love,

Donna Donnelly & family

Donna Donnelly

September 20, 2023

Stay strong and keep amazing all of us along your journey!

Scott Bentley

September 19, 2023

I remember my daughter who was a Binghamton University student at the time sharing the news about Rebecca. Being we are from Long Island as well, we felt the need to help if even just in a small way. We are so happy to see the progress and resiliency Rebecca has made and will continue to make. Her artwork is beautiful just like her!! All the best to all of you!

Denise Algerio