It has almost been a year since Brandon’s accident, and as we look over the past year, we have so many reasons to be thankful, and sincerely grateful. He has been working hard throughout the year to recover from this devastating accident. It’s been a very rough and busy year, to say the least. On May 12, 2015, Brandon was released from inpatient therapy at Rehab Institute of Chicago, he came home! With the help of fundraising, we were able to make some of the necessary accommodations to our home, to make it wheelchair accessible, just in time for his arrival. As time goes by, we are realizing there are many more accommodations he needs to live a more independent life.
Brandon continued outpatient therapy at RIC in Wheeling until December. He continued to meet goals, despite the pain and frustration of recovery. He was hospitalized 3 times during the first 5 months of being home, due to autonomic dysreflexia as well as urinary complications, both in which he will have for the rest of his life. He was hospitalized each time for no less than 5 days.
In November, we found an accessible van that we can transport him to and from safely. The van will need to be converted to have hand controls and floor locks for Brandon to be able to drive. This is a very exciting goal we still have yet to meet, and will need more help. We are looking forward to Brandon gaining back some independence. Once he is able to drive, he will be able to return to school. Nothing is going to stop this guy. He is determined to regain as much independence as possible.
He was dismissed from RIC (Rehab Institute of Chicago) outpatient therapy on December 4, 2015 to take a break and get stronger. Now, with the New Year, comes new deductibles to be met, more fees, and out of pocket expenses that are necessary for him to continue in his recovery. We are now looking forward to getting him back into another physical therapy program. As Brandon progresses, there are many more obstacles to conquer, goals to meet.
To help with the financial burden of Brandon’s uninsured expenses, a fundraising campaign in his honor has been established with HelpHOPELive, a trusted nonprofit organization that has been providing community-based fundraising guidance to patients and their families for more than 30 years. All donations are tax deductible, are held by HelpHOPELive in the North-Central Spinal Cord Injury Fund, and are administered by HelpHOPELive for injury-related expenses only.
To make a tax-deductible donation to this fundraising campaign via credit card, click on the Donate Now button or call 800.642.8399. To donate by check:
Make checks payable to: HelpHOPELive Note in the memo section: In honor of Brandon Ferreira
Please send to: HelpHOPELive 2 Radnor Corporate Center 100 Matsonford Road, Suite 100 Radnor, PA 19087
Be sure to check this HelpHOPELive campaign page because we will be planning some fundraising events soon and posting updates regularly. If you’d like to volunteer to help, please give either of us a call.
On behalf of Brandon, ourselves, and our family, thank you for your kindness, generosity, support and prayers.