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: HelpHOPELive
Note in the memo section: In Honor of Cruise Bogle
Mail to: HelpHOPELive Two Radnor Corporate Center 100 Matsonford Road, Suite 100 Radnor, PA 19087
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