This past April 16th, my father Aaron Brown’s world changed forever. Once an active, adventure seeking semi-retiree, Aaron pursued a new found love, Motocross riding. While riding one afternoon with good friends at a track in Portland, Oregon, my father crashed his bike and sustained a major spinal cord injury. With an underlying case of spinal stenosis, when he crashed his motorcycle the vertebrae crushed his spinal cord and severely damaged the nerves surrounding his spine, causing partial paralysis. While his spinal cord is still intact, Aaron has suffered permanent disabilities and he is now a partial quadriplegic. This type of injury means that my father’s spinal cord is still intact, but is severely damaged beyond repair. Certain muscle groups are still working for Aaron, but he must undergo therapy in order to keep them functioning. This means with hard work, commitment and physical therapy, Aaron could possibly regain mobility. Aaron is blessed in that he is currently able to move his arms and shoulders, but with extensive physical therapy and the right program, Aaron and his medical team are optimistic that he can regain more function of his injured body.
Of the many circumstances that have changed for Aaron, he is now facing the new financial burden of lifelong medical care costs. Aaron’s out-of-pocket medical expenses have been steadily increasing and extensive physical therapy and rehabilitation fees are not covered by his health insurance. Co-pays and deductibles, doctor appointments, therapy fees, wheelchair and van expenses, and even home modifications are expected to cost well over $200,000. Medical expenses for this type injury are enormous — and are expected to last a lifetime for both Aaron and his family.
August 4, 2015
Another Big Move!
As some may know, last weekend was the big move to Salem. We couldn’t have picked a hotter weekend!
But thanks to the love and support of countless friends and family, we and our stuff made it! (Well, most of it!)
Aaron is settling great and loves having the ability to move throughout the house and property. We look forward to many happy years here. Our new address is:
2449 Scism Wy. NE
Salem, OR 97305
July 26, 2015
Hello Everybody! Thanks again for visiting this page!
As some of you may know, Aaron is home!
With a mix of trepidation and relief, Dad came home last week. The transition has been smooth and things are going great out here on the “Island”. Dad is sleeping great and his appetite is back. There are still challenges, but it is great to be out of the hospital.
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June 10, 2017
Aaron, I had no idea about your injury until just recently. You and your family will be in our prayers. Being partially paralyzed myself I get it about your recovery and hope for only the best for you. Would like to chat but not sure I have current contact info. You can email me at: [email protected] Hope to hear from you.
July 22, 2016
Aaron it was great to see you at Kellie and Casey's wedding. Enjoyed our discussions about a potential off-road chair and would like to talk with you and David more about it. I don't have your cell number, but mine is 503-449-6894
July 23, 2015
We are praying for all of you as you walk this path together with the Lord's help. Aaron, it was fantastic to see you at Elisa's wedding last weekend. One day at a time...
Bill & Kathy Nicholson