It has been over 11 years since Cruise was paralyzed from a skimboarding accident at Hammock Park, Ocean Ridge, FL. In a split second, he became a quadriplegic at 19 years old.
He spent 2 weeks in ICU at Delray Medical Center, where the care could not have been better. From very informative nurses to his case manager, the whole family came to feel very comfortable in that very foreign environment. So much so, that when it came time to leave and go to Shepherd Center in Atlanta for rehab, we didn’t want to leave!
Cruise and the whole family spent 2 1/2 months at Shepherd Center, were all taught all we needed to know about how to care for Cruise and once again became very comfortable in that environment. Cruise got off the trach and we finally heard his voice again. He learned that there is a life after a spinal cord injury, though that took a long long time to realize… long over a year to realize… maybe longer than 2 years.
Neuroxel opened in North Palm Beach about 6 months after Cruise got home from Shepherd Center. In September of 2009, he was the third client and is still a client there, now called The Center for NeuroRecovery. There have been several “therapies” Cruise explored those first couple of years: Physical Therapy, Biofeedback, Aqua Therapy and more.
He continues to gain some movement in his right arm, paralyzed technically from the chest down. He has an assistant who works for him 5 days/week 7-8 hours/day. He has another who comes to the house 2 nights a week so “the parents” can sleep all night instead of getting up 1-5 times a night to assist.
Thus, the fundraising…..
– the gym costs $3,000/month (broken down, ends up costing around: $50/hour … $36,000 a year!)
– Daily assistant costs $15/hour, $120/day, $600/week, $31,200 a year.
– Night time assistant, 2/days/week – $200, $800/month, $9600 a year.
Our community has been incredible at supporting Cruise and the whole family for nearly 11 years. April 6, 2019, was the 11th Palooza ( the first Palooza was held 6 weeks post injury) and was very successful at our new venue, Old School Square in downtown Delray Beach. Over 1100 people in attendance!
All of our lives would be so different without this amazing support behind Cruise and the Johnston Bogle family. Cruise is able to be as independent as he can be. He has in fact, flourished. He continues to go to the gym, has started a couple of businesses over the years, the latest is CruiseBogleDesigns where he sells products of his mouth-painting. He has a youtube channel called Paralyze This, by Cruiseybabbby Enterprises… check it out. He interviews people from different walks of life and those people are in one of Cruise’s power chairs, strapped down so that during the interview they have some brief sense of what it is to have a spinal cord injury, unable to move. This is a very powerful statement for those involved… bringing attention to Spinal Cord Injuries.
Somehow, Cruise has kept his amazing sense of humor and is known to make anyone and everyone feel completely comfortable in his presence. He is spreading positivity when and where he can with his outstanding attitude towards life.
We thank everyone who has donated and gifted to benefit Cruise. He (and we, the whole family) appreciate each and every one of you who have made our lives so much easier than it otherwise would be without your support!
October 1, 2019
Read Cruise’s story and see his paintings and products on his website! www.CruiseBogleDesigns.com
October 1, 2019
January 17, 2017
Family and friends continue to raise funds for Cruise after he suffered a C4 burst while skimboarding on a beach in Ocean Ridge, FL, December 16, 2008 and was immediately paralyzed from the chest down.
Funds are constantly needed to help Cruise pay for uninsured expenses like copays, therapies, the specialized gym he attends, his assistant he needs daily and other costs.
Cruise was treated in ICU at Delray Medical Center (excellent care BTW) for 2 weeks, then at Shepherd Center in Atlanta for 2 1/2 months (also excellent care!) before coming back to South Florida to start on a different path in life.
He has gained some mobility in his right arm in the past 7 years, his spirits are always up, he’s always the funny one in the room with his many friends who still support him, along with an amazing community of family and residents in our area who also continue to support him and the family.
It is so hard to find words to express our gratitude to all of you who support Cruise. When he broke his neck in 2008, we were faced with an entirely new way of living, one that takes strength that we never thought we would ever need in our lives. Cruise has a high level injury that physically limits him in so many ways,
he can’t do any basic things for himself that you and I totally take for granted. He requires care to help him through his daily life and therapies that keep him as
healthy as possible to keep the doors of opportunity open for recovery. All of these things take emotional strength and a continuous stream of financial help.
The benefit of Cruise being so young with this injury is that there are so many innovative possibilities for recovery as well as amazing asistive technologies to
improve his life. From stem cell and schwann cell research, to electrical stimulation technologies and more, there is so much hope for Cruise in his
recovery process. As we were told at Sheperd Center, things will be possible in his lifetime that haven’t even been thought of yet.
So many people deal with trauma and hardship in their lives and many deal with it quietly and alone. You, contributors, are the reason that we are so lucky to not be those people. Your generosity and compassion allow Cruise the opportunity to actively work towards recovery, a luxury that he just wouldn’t have without your financial support. We have been so incredibly lucky to have a community that understands that Cruise’s needs are ongoing, a community that helps us through year after year, so that we aren’t doing this alone.
To every individual who contributes towards Cruise’s recovery, we are eternally grateful. We can’t even imagine where Cruise would be without you!
You have changed our lives!
Cruise’s personality, sense of humor and the quiet strength fuels a community to rally around him. He inspires all of us everyday. Here’s to you, Cruise, and the strength that you bring to the world around you.
Cruise has chosen to fund raise with HelpHopeLive because this foundation provides both tax-deductibility and fiscal accountability to his contributors who can be sure that funds contributed in Cruise’s name will be used only to pay or reimburse Cruise’s ongoing medically related expenses.
To make a contribution to Cruise’s fundraising campaign:
Make checks payable to:
Note in the memo section:
In Honor of Cruise Bogle
Two Radnor Corporate Center
100 Matsonford Road, Suite 100
Radnor, PA 19087
To make a credit card donation:
Call 800.642.8399 or click the “Donate Now” button.
For more information, please contact HelpHOPELive at 800-642-8399.
We thank you for your support!
April 22, 2020
Hey Cruise, Keep painting, friend ... we are looking forward to your new shirts! Hope to see you on our next Florida adventure ... stay well! Sally and Randy
April 23, 2018
So happy to be a part of this great event. Cruise is truly an inspiration to all. He has so much strength and courage. God bless you and your family
February 23, 2018
Looking forward to another awesome event in this loving, supportive community!
February 21, 2018
So excited to celebrate the 10th ANNUAL Cruiser Palooza April 21st at the Delray Playhouse with you Cruise. You're an amazing young man....
November 1, 2009
We love you, Cruise.... keep up the good and very hard work!!!
Mum and Dad
April 13, 2009
Hey Cruise! We know you from The Tango days on Peaks Island and send our love to you and your family. Tim,Liz ,Johhny,and Katie
February 25, 2009
Dear Cruise, Fight the good fight, and WIN!! Fondly, Uncle Graham
Graham Thomson, Kingston, Ontario
February 24, 2009
Dear Cruise, We don''t know you, but do know your Mother''s cousin, Pam Conklin here in Harbour Ridge. Pam told me of your terrible accident, and if it helps in any small way, please know that even strangers think of you and pray for you to find the strength and courage to go on, and to find happiness and peace within your heart. I will pray for you daily. People can touch one another in many ways, even unknowingly.
Ann and Roger Peoples, Palm City, Fl.
February 1, 2009
Dear Cruise, All the Johnston,Hill, Cox family send our love and positive thoughts and wishes to you. Can''t wait to see you. love, Bets
Betsy Johnston, Delray Beach
January 27, 2009
Cruiser- we are praying for you every night and think of you every waking moment. We know you''ll find the strength you need to carry on. You have so much love and support surrounding you. I hope you can feel even the smallest amount of it and can draw from it somehow. We love you so much buddy- Kristi, Ellery, Kyle, Reece and Cary Vick.
Kristi Johnston Vick, Delray Beach, FL
January 24, 2009
We are all praying for you and your family. You are a strong young man, and will get through this. Much love from Jaime, Kirsten, Alex, Gus, Annika & Aidan Dermody-McKeen.
Dermody-McKeens, Delray Beach, FL
January 20, 2009
Dear dear Cruise, We, your family up here in Canada, are all rooting for you to pull through this dreadful ordeal with unyielding hope, high spirit, and an unsuppressed will to succeed in your promising future. We send you strong prayers, dear Cruise, positive, healthful vibes and our love. Wen, Ken & Samara & on behalf of the Thomson family (Uncle Graham, Sue & Terry, George & Judi, Brian & Karen, Kate & Randy, Jamie & Ruth, Jeff & Kathryn, Pam & Keith) We would add all the Johnston Hills and Coxes, but they will likely send a separate message to you.
Wendy Warren, Harrowsmith, Ontario
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In honor of Cruise Bogle
Help Hope Live
2 Radnor Corporate Center
100 Matsonford Road
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