Family and friends of Aaron Virgil are raising money to pay for uninsured medical expenses associated with catastrophic injury.
Aaron has chosen to fundraise with HelpHOPELive in part because HelpHOPELive assures fiscal accountability of funds raised and tax deductibility for donors. Donors can be sure that funds donated will be used only to pay or reimburse medically-related expenses. For more information, please contact HelpHOPELive at 800.642.8399.
Thanks for your support!
July 29, 2016
Aaron’s 3rd Annual Comedy and Magic Show & Auction was a great success. Everyone seemed to have a good time. The comedians were fabulous. We had a great turn out and the auction items were wonderful! THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU FOR ATTENDING AND CONTRIBUTING AND PARTICIPATING!
RITAS, KELLY, JUSTIN, AND RITAS’ FRIENDS AND KELLY’S FAMILY FOR ALL YOU DID TO ORGANIZE THE EVENT AND GATHER THE WONDERFUL AUCTION ITEMS. YOU ALL WENT ABOVE AND BEYOND FOR AARON!! THANK YOU!!
June 7, 2015
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May 6, 2015
Aaron has continued his training in our insurance business and can really start working more regularly now that some of the computer software problems have been worked out. He is helping us with some of the clerical work and putting together applications for a couple of his friends to provide them with insurance proposals. Additionally, Aaron wants to take on a sales role which would be very welcome for us and could be the start of him building his own book of business. We certainly can provide him with leads and he could utilize many of those sales skills that he employed when he worked for Enterprise Car Rental Co. We’re proud of him for wanting to be productive.
April 5th was Easter and Aaron and the rest of the family was able to make it to the 11:00 service. A lot of friends and supporters at our church so after chatting with a bunch of people we made it to a Sunday Brunch and had a nice time as a family while we all had a feast. It was a beautiful day so we were able to enjoy the afternoon in the sunshine and just relaxed.
Wednesday afternoons are a regular weekly event now for Aaron to go to the Goodwill Disabled Persons Gym in Orange County to do a workout. Our Care Giver, Mauricio, takes him there and helps while the Good Will staff performs exercises to keep his body conditioned as much as possible. His Care Givers also perform “range of motion” exercises daily to keep the legs and arms from locking up from inactivity. We’ll never take our eye off the goal to have a miracle drug or procedure repair his damaged spinal cord so all of these exercises will help accommodate that goal.
Aaron has tickets for a concert this Wednesday evening and is going with one of his buddies. Next Saturday we have been invited to an event at Santa Anita Race Track with one of the insurance brokerage firms that we work with. Tina, Aaron and I are attending and that should be a fun afternoon watching (and betting) on the horse races while we enjoy a nice company bash with some good friends and business associates.
June 10th is now the firm date for Aaron’s next fund raiser at the Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach. We’re planning to duplicate the event that we had in June 2014 which was a big success. The Comedy & Magic Club people are so nice and very helpful and they are so kind to donate the proceeds from the door admission receipts back to Aaron. And the venue is perfect as well because everyone enjoys an evening of laughter and fun. We also are so very fortunate to have the support of our good friend, Ritas Smith. She is financially backing the event and she and her associate, Kelly, work hard getting things prepared. We couldn’t do it without them.
Thank you again to everyone that supports our disabled son. We appreciate it very much.
April 2, 2015
Let me begin by stating that Aaron is doing well and continues to have a positive attitude. He is blending into our family business by being exposed to what goes on here at our home office and taking some training from the “Old Man”. God has truly blessed us with a unique way to better accommodate Aaron by having our business office located here at home and near Aaron’s bedroom. It’s on our 1st floor which allows Tina and I to be close at hand during the day. He’s had wonderful care givers (and we’re blessed in that area as well) so we can conduct business as usual and yet be there if needed to care for Aaron. It takes a long time for the caregivers to get him fed, dressed and up and about in his wheel chair so his business / productive time is limited. But he’s intelligent and a quick leaner so once he masters the computer skills unique to our business and his situation, he could be positioned to carry on with our family insurance business.
Aaron’s former bedroom was on our 2nd floor and he loved it up there with the wonderful city view and a special mural which he had an artist paint on one the walls. It’s special to him and we’ve always kept it open for him, other than when guests may arrive. Getting him up and down the stairway is strenuous and requires a two or three man team, and still it is risky. He recently had an automatic chair lift installed but that’s not working out well because the stairway is too small and his knees hit the banisters as well as the transfer in/out of the chair is risky. The company is returning this coming Thursday to discuss the problem and we’ll see what can be done. His heart desperately wants to go upstairs but the practicality may not work so it may remain for only those special occasions. It is just one of the heart breaking situations for him.
Thanks to Aaron’s wonderful caregivers, Mauricio and Aldo, and Aaron’s brothers, Gary and Erik taking on the night shift(10pm to 9am), Tina and I went back to Savannah,Georgia and parts of South Carolina to visit her family. It was a wonderful visit with her parents, brothers & sisters, cousins, friends etc., and were grateful to have done that with the family. During that trip, I was pleasantly surprised to be asked by several family members & friends to report more regularly about Aaron’s condition and that certainly encourages me to commit to a regular monthly update as we move forward. When the accident first occurred two years ago(3-11-2013, there was a constant stream of events and we tried to put out a weekly report and a lot of people followed that. After a while, a weekly report could sound very redundant and we therefore got a bit lazy about providing those regular updates. But moving forward, we will commit to a monthly update on this Caring Bridge site and thank all of Aaron’s friends, family and supporters. May God Bless!
Alan &Tina Virgil
March 17, 2015
Apologies to all of the faithful followers of Aaron Virgil for not posting updates more regularly. I’ve had several people ask me recently to get back to a writing more about how he is doing because they are interested. There’s plenty to report so let me bring you up to date since my last post on 12-26-14.
Aaron celebrated his 33rd Birthday on February 1st. He attended the 10:30 service at Church and the congregation sang Happy Birthday to him. So many families from our church support him so he was flooded with people wishing him well and coming forward to greet him. Afterward, we took him to lunch at Terannea, which is a fabulous hotel / resort on the Palos Verdes Peninsula overlooking the ocean with a great view of Catalina Island. That day also was Super Bowl Sunday so lots of friends came by to watch the big game and party with us. We were rooting for Seattle so we were all deflated with the end of the game but forgot all about it with a steak & lobster feast to cap off Aaron’s B-Day provided by Aaron’s wonderful friend, Larry.
Aaron continues to do well and has an amazingly positive attitude. He has regular trips to the Good Will fitness for disabled persons in Orange County so that gives him a chance to exercise and keep his “range of motion” so that the legs and arms don’t freeze up from no use. Additionally, his Care Givers exercise his legs and arms regularly because we’ll never give up hope that a miracle will someday occur and he’ll walk and be normal again. He wants to order a ‘stand up board’ to continue his physical improvement. Just can’t believe how expensive it is.
Thanks for the wonderful support that we have received from the California Department of Rehabilitation to allow me to train Aaron as a commercial insurance broker. They approved a 12 month program wherein I teach Aaron what I do as an insurance agent / broker. We have regular topics that we focus on each month such as applications, certificates, accounting, marketing, etc. and I have to grade him and turn in monthly reports. But it is all worth it and Aaron is committed to being self-sufficient.
The 24th is Tina’s birthday and we have reservations at Benihana’s restaurant which is our family B-Day favorite place to celebrate.
We’re starting to lay plans for our next fund raising even at the Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach. This is becoming our major event to raise funds to pay for Aaron’s Caregiver expenses. We couldn’t live without Mauricio and Aldo. The tentative date will be either June 10th or 11th. Last June’s event was a hoot and everyone had a terrific time. Everyone needs to laugh so the venue is absolutely perfect for an enjoyable evening and the folks at the Comedy & Magic Club are wonderful and so accommodating. Plus, they attract some very talented comedians so there’s lots of laughter and just an overall great time.
We’re waiting to hear what trips or concert events that Aaron wants as his belated Christmas & Birthday gifts. Tina and I would like to take a run at a three day weekend cruise to Baja California to test how he does and how well we can serve Aaron before we try taking a plane trip. Anyway, the choice will be Aaron’s and we’ll do our best to make his trip enjoyable.
Thank you to all of you that follow and support our injured son. He is special and we appreciate it very much.
May 27, 2014
You are invited to attend a benefit at the Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 6 PM. Proceeds from this event will be donated to HelpHOPELive in honor of Aaron to assist with some of his uninsured injury-related expenses. The fundraiser will include both silent and live auctions as well as quality comedy acts.
Tickets are $25 per person. Your tickets will be held at the door and check-in is between 5:45 and 6:00pm. Dinner and Drinks are not included in the ticket price, but can be purchased at the Comedy and Magic Club for your enjoyment, if you so desire.
Please forward a list of names and checks payable to HelpHopeLive, with Aaron Virgil in the memo section to: The Virgils, P O Box 10130, Torrance, CA 90505
We hope you will be able to join us! Thank you again for your love and concern for Aaron.
May 27, 2014
It’s not too late to make your reservations for the June 4th fundraiser being held in honor of Aaron at the Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach. Silent and Loud Auctions, along with great comedy acts.
October 29, 2013
July 29, 2016
Aaron - so proud of the strides you have made. You have a loving family and many, many friends praying for a medical miracle for you! Your mom is a good friend of mine for CLU. I knew her when your folks were "courting" !!! Hugs and Love,
October 30, 2013
Wish you the speediest road to recovery man. Everyone on the islands thinking about you, we all got you in our prayers bud.
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