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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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October 22, 2021

Dearest Friends and Family:

As many of you know Rebecca is celebrating her birthday this week. Undoubtedly this day brings out many different and even conflicting emotions not just for Rebecca but for all of us who are close to her.

While it is a different kind of birthday this year, it is important to know that Rebecca is in fact celebrating and enjoying her special day. Mind you she is not doing it alone. She is doing it with the love, support and collaboration of her family, friends and caregivers. There have been several fundraising events that were based on Rebecca’s birthday. One of those was the 50/50 raffle coordinated by our friends Andrew and Wendy M. Rebecca last night announced the winners of the raffle live on Zoom. On Thursday Audrey’s mother, sister and aunt drove up from Virginia and surprised Rebecca at the hospital for her birthday.

When Rebecca had her accident the changes to our lives were sudden and dramatic. As time goes by however I try (emphasis on try) to grow accustomed to this new way of life and I try as well to employ a new way of thinking (it does not always work). This new way of thinking diminishes the importance of the “tomorrows” and the “yesterdays”. It focuses on the “todays” and making each today as good a day as it can possibly be. I have learned that we can all still have good days. A good day is subjective and personal to the individual. The idea of a good day can change. My definition of a good day has certainly changed but then again it has always been changing. A good day for me at 20 was different from a good day at 60. You can figure out how.

One last thing I have taught myself. If you have a bad day that does not mean you will never have another good day.

For all of you who have helped in celebrating Rebecca’s birthday we Koltuns thank you. For all of you who read these updates and express interest in us I am grateful. Our Rebecca continues to do her best to make the most of each day. She is bright, resourceful and clever. She is charming ( to others not me) and she is engaging. She will find a way.

Happy Birthday Rebecca. We love you very much.

October 20, 2021

Rebecca’s birthday is on Thursday 10/21 and we have plans! Several promotions are live to support Becca…including a live Zoom tomorrow (Thursday) at 6PM (ET), where Rebecca will be announcing the winners of the 50/50 Birthday Raffle. Click below for details and a link to the Birthday Zoom. To buy tickets, see other promotions and join the Zoom at

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October 25, 2021

Rebecca, you are always in our hearts! xoxo The Zion Family

Jill Zion

October 25, 2021

Happy belated Birthday, Rebecca! We are wish you the best every day. You have had such a positive impact on a lot of people who know you or have followed your journey as you recover and make astounding progress each day. May God bless you and your family. Gerard and Kerry Chesterton

Gerard Chesterton

October 25, 2021

Happy Birthday and best wishes to you and your family!

Jennifer Weiss

October 24, 2021

Happy Birthday Rebecca, Your story is truly inspirational! It is easy to see how much you are loved by your family and friends! Keep on getting stronger and enjoy your special day! Melanie and Eric Rosen (friends of the Bandlers)

Melanie and Eric Rosen