As many of you are aware, my brother David Stewart recently had a freak snowmobile accident while on vacation that has changed his life forever. Dave sustained a severe spinal cord injury from a broken neck. The injury almost took his life and has left him as a quadriplegic facing a very long and challenging road to recovery.
Upon release from the hospital, Dave returned home with much work to do. He is confined to a wheelchair, unable to walk, and not able to feed himself. Dave will need more therapy and rehabilitation; however his insurance will not cover these sessions. In addition, the family home where he is staying is not handicap accessible and the bathrooms are completely unable to accommodate his needs. As a result of the damage Dave sustained from his injury, he now requires round-the-clock care just to meet his basic needs.
Thankfully, Dave has health insurance which covered his hospital stay, but unfortunately it does not cover the majority of the items and support he requires to live on a day-to-day basis, including home health care, a wheelchair, a bed, and vehicular transportation. The wheelchair and bed alone cost nearly $60,000 to purchase with no assistance provided from his insurance. Three to five thousand dollars per month are needed for his home health care aides and therapy. These expenses are quickly draining Dave and his family’s limited financial resources.
To help offset these expenses, a fundraising campaign in David’s honor has been established with HelpHOPELive, a nonprofit organization that has been assisting the transplant community for 30 years. In 2000, they expanded their mission to include those who have sustained a catastrophic injury. All contributions are tax-deductible, are held by HelpHOPELive in the Mid-Atlantic Spinal Cord Injury Fund, and are administered by HelpHOPELive for injury-related expenses only. If you would like to make a contribution:
For secure credit card donations:
Call 800.642.8399 or click the “DONATE NOW” button.
Make checks payable to:
February 16, 2017
***** BIRTHDAY ALERT *****
Hello everyone, February 17th is David’s 36th birthday and even though we all can’t celebrate it together it’s never too late to send a birthday gift. We are still looking for donations in order to build me my own space to live and to become more independent. So a donation of any kind small or big is greatly appreciated and it would make one heck of a birthday gift to Dave.
Thank you everyone for your continued support and for all the work and the donations in the past. We love you all and you have been the best friends anyone could ask for! <3 <3 PLEASE SHARE THIS POST
October 13, 2016
We will be having a beef and beer fundraiser on November 19th at JD’s Pub and Grill in Smithville New Jersey from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. . this event will help raise money to help build me a new living space that includes handicapped accessible appliances, bathroom, and other utilities.
November 18, 2016
Hi Dave, I was hoping to make it on Saturday, but I'm afraid it's not possible. Leaving the next morning for Oregon for Thanksgiving. Sorry man. Made a donation, hope you get what you're striving for! Happy Thanksgiving!
November 13, 2016
I can't make your beef & beer but am thinking of you and wishing you well. I hope you are able to get the resources you need.
Erin Ritson Saponara
November 10, 2016
Hi Dave, We just mailed out a check. We want to contribute toward getting you whatever you need to make your life easier. We admire your courage.. you are always in our hearts. With our love always..
Toby and Jack Finz
November 3, 2013
Dave, your fundraiser was a huge success, I love you man!!!!