We reached our goal PLUS some!!! Not only will we be able to get the ActionTrack Chair for Jake we also have enough for the UPPERTONE exercise machine which was designed for and by a C4-C5 quadriplegic just like Jake. (http://www.planetmobility.c...). Jake will be able to use this at home to enhance his physical and occupational therapy.
The night passed by in a whirlwind with so many people to talk to and thank for all their efforts and support. It was great to see over half of Jake’s grammar school class there as well as many of his high school and college friends, Granville towns people, Westfield supporters, family and friends old and new – the whole dang “village” was there! Our auction was a huge success with friendly (I think) bidding wars and many many people leaving with some wonderful items. The generosity of so many people donating items and monetary amounts still has me dizzy & overwhelmed. Our goal was to raise money however by far the bigger success of the night was for Jake to see all the people who care about and for him. I did take a few moments alone to look out over the room – I let loose a huge sigh of relief seeing Jake sitting over dinner feeding himself and laughing with his inner circle surrounded by over 250 people. There was energy of hope and caring, laugher and merriment that gave me more than a moment of pause as I reflected on the extraordinary swing of events in our lives over the last 6 months. I had to catch my breath as tears start again not because of the bad times we have endured but because of the spirit of kindness, humanity and goodwill flowing around the room. I see reunions of people who haven’t seen each other in a while, families sitting together outside of just holiday events, connections make between common friends, new friendships blooming and renewed relationships once strained all because of the common effort to support my son. I am so incredibly proud of the community of people we live with. No way could we make this transition in our lives without your help. Thank you Jake & Cooley
Oct 09, 2013
On May 15, 2013 Jake Wrenn was out in the woods riding his bicycle doing what he loves to do when the unthinkable happened. Jake went over his handlebars breaking his neck at C-4,5 &6 leaving him a quadriplegic. After months of serious rehabilitation which continues today, Jake has regained some arm and shoulder function. With each passing week he is able to accomplish more tasks on his own working toward his future independence and a new life.
However, when devastating accidents happen that change your world completely one of the first things you notice are the things you took so easily for granted. For Jake much of the joy in his life was being able to get out into the woods and explore. Conventional wheelchairs are not made for people living in the country or outdoor enthusiast. But the Action TrackChair is and that’s what we are trying to get for Jake. Let’s get him back to the outdoors he so loves and misses.
All monies raised from this event will go towards the purchase of an Action TrackChair for Jake. Just think about the freedom and confidence this chair will give him when he is able to head out the back door into the woods to hike and explore over all kinds of terrain and conditions. With your donation and participation in this event you will, in a way be joining him on each and every adventure he takes.