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On August 24th 2008, me and my family decided to spend a day on the beach. What we thought would be a fun, relaxing day turned out to be an event that changed our lives forever. I dove into a wave, hitting an unseen sandbar and breaking my neck, which immediately paralyzed me. I was pulled out of the water by people who noticed I was floating, unresponsive.

I don’t think most normal families know much about spinal cord injury – ours didn’t. When it happens to someone in your family, you quickly realize that your life has changed tremendously. I’m forever grateful to God that I’m alive and I can watch my sons growing into adults. I’m grateful to my family and friends who helped us survive a very difficult time. I’m especially grateful to my beloved wife Margaret who was there for me when I really, really needed her. Right after the accident, she was able to get a few weeks off from her work and balanced that time perfectly between me, dealing with the doctors at the hospital, and taking care of our two boys. After returning to work, she still came to the hospital every day, while continuing to work towards her goal of becoming a high school math teacher. With the help of a lot of good people we were able to keep our house and slowly have it adapted into the new “normal”.

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December 31, 2020

We wanted to let you know that we paid a visit to the mobility dealership on December 29th and heard, hopefully the last bad news in infamous 2020 – there is no value in our current vehicle to trade-in… We were able to see the rust damage ourselves while it was on the lift and it is very bad indeed…
Hopefully the coming 2021 will be a better year for us ALL

December 24, 2020

Great thanks to all of you who contributed so far to our campaign! We’d like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year!

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February 12, 2021

We hope every bit of money helps! Urszula & Krzysztof Zielinski JamioLkowscy Paradiso

Marzena Paradiso

February 7, 2021

Zyta & Edward Opalinski

Zyta Opalinski

February 3, 2021

We wish you all the best Phil and Joanna Kehoe

Phillip Kehoe

February 1, 2021

Wszystkiego najlepszego w Nowym 2021 Roku! Alicja & Krzysztof Krydus

Alicja Krydus

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