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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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December 21, 2023

Dearest Friends and Family:

I have not written updates with great frequency of late. Part of it was me telling myself I had nothing to say. Part of it was me telling myself it is time to move forward.

However, two years ago, today (December 20, 2021) Rebecca was discharged from Glen Cove hospital. We have not looked back since. Hence a good time for an update.

Her discharge was after a nine-month stint in three different hospitals. Her health has been good since then considering the obstacles she faces.

She has carved out a life as have the rest of us Koltuns. It is not the life we wanted or expected but as we know in life we must play the hand we are dealt.

(I hate cliches but this one seems appropriate).

Rebecca plans her days meticulously and then figures out how to execute her plans. She does things that she can enjoy. They may be little things to some but as I have learned little things matter and little things can be big.

I will not lie to you. Our lives can be agonizing, maddening and stressful. Sorry for complaining. Oftentimes I feel as if I am on a tightrope. So am I happy? For me I don't know how to answer that. I am not unhappy but I don't know that I was happy before her accident. I certainly was not unhappy and I am not unhappy now. I have come to learn that happiness is not all encompassing. Most people don't walk around happy 24/7. Well maybe some do, For me I have happy moments. I have sad moments. I have satisfied moments. I have pissed off moments (lots of those).

Our biggest challenge continues to be finding caregivers. Oh the stories I could tell you. We have many good nurses and aides but we need more. Although there is a nursing agency we work with they are continually unable to fill many shifts forcing us to hire privately for Rebecca. This of course is very expensive. Hence we are grateful for all the fundraising that has been done and all the contributions that have been made. Without the vast support that has come our way our lives would be nothing short of disastrous.

My heart still breaks every day and I am a very different individual from the person I was prior to March 13, 2021. I could write a book about the differences. I try not to think about how I was beforehand but I do enjoy thinking about what I was like many years earlier before I turned 30. Honestly I probably glamorize it.

In February we are planning to take Rebecca to Florida. A trip like this requires a tremendous amount of preparation and research. If all goes well Rebecca will get on a plane and fly south with us along with an entourage of nurses. It is the final frontier.

Thank you all for your continued support. Thank you for your interest. Happy Holidays to all.

With love, the Koltun family

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.

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March 3, 2024

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Amber Mirza

March 1, 2024

I just lost my dad and find you so inspiring! You show so much positivity and there’s a great charisma and beauty coming from you! Keep it up!

Alessio Scorrano

February 29, 2024

Revecca I came across your page and I commend you for your advocacy of SCI. I am an SCI OT and run an adaptive ski program for veterans, keep doing what you love!

Matthew Pescatore