For some, summer represents time off, vacations, or school breaks. For others, there are no days off—whether from the challenges of exercise-based rehab or the intense and rewarding process of planning a successful fundraiser. Here are a few milestones that our injury and illness clients celebrated with us this summer.
A Community Rallies in Record Time: Boden J Miller
Just before September began, 14-year-old Boden J Miller from Devon, PA was playing on the trampoline with family when a bad fall left him with a spinal cord injury. As his family explained, “Boden rarely sits still and would prefer to be outside—this next year will be incredibly difficult.”
His commitment to recovery and regaining mobility is matched only by the incredible generosity of his community: Boden’s campaign raised $80,000 in less than three weeks. #BodenStrong!
The First Sixth Months: Hayden Low
Friendly and faith-oriented 20-year-old Hayden Low experienced a devastating skiing accident in January 2019 that left him with a T5 spinal cord injury with paralysis from the chest down. In April, Hayden’s family posted an uplifting update on his Campaign Page:
“Hayden is now back in Utah. He has seen much success and is now in a manual wheelchair. Hayden has been diligent in his therapies and is learning many new skills to help him be stronger and more mobile. We are so proud of all he has accomplished and are excited to see how he tackles this obstacle in his life.”
A Spaghetti Dinner to Remember: Leo Patnode
You may remember Leo Patnode from our 2019 spring appeal, the Lafayette, Colorado father who experienced a stroke while on a business trip. Leo had a successful Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser, raising $10,000 to help with his home care needs.
“The support from each and every one of you throughout this past year and a half has truly meant the world to the Patnodes and their extended families,” friends explained on Leo’s Campaign Page. “It is an amazing demonstration of what the TRUE meaning of a loving community is.”
Catching Waves: Denny Clancy and Cole Sydnor
Endless summer! Our SCI clients Denny Clancy and Cole Sydnor both got the chance to catch a wave recently. To Denny’s mom, Carolyn, seeing Denny surf meant more than just an enjoyable ride—it meant new horizons in Denny’s future. “The possibilities are endless!” she wrote on Facebook. “Tears of joy!”
For more information about accessible surfing, check out Life Rolls On.
Bonus: Just Married!
Cindy Kolbe and her daughter, Beth, may not be our clients, but they are still part of the Help Hope Live family. That’s why we were overjoyed to watch Beth get married just before the summer began. Congratulations, Dan and Beth!
If you want to know how they got from Point A to Point Tying-the-Knot, check out Cindy’s blog, where she faithfully chronicles the process of healing and the serendipitous moments that changed her and Beth’s life after a spinal cord injury.
What Are You Celebrating?
Fall will be in full swing before we know it. If you’ve experienced a special milestone during your time as a Help Hope Live client, we want to hear about it so we can celebrate with you and our followers. Drop us a line!