Riding for "The Happy Giraffe" - Aidan Schellings - A Craig Hospital Graduate!
Please copy the link below into your browser to hear about Aidan's story. Many of you who will receive this email or see this posted on Aidan's FB page already know this story all to well. Aidan is lucky to be alive. A vibrant 19 year old with a wonderful future ahead of him should have died from a skatingboarding accident because he was not wearing a helmet. He was an experienced skateboarder. He had done this move so many times before, but this time it just went a bit wrong. In a moment, a life could have been lost. Thankfully, by the grace of God, he is still here, fighting for what is now a new path, one very different than the path he was on.
Craig Hospital was one of the many Guardian Angels that have been and continue to be in Aidan's path. Their early guidance, advocation, skilled staff, and the loving and caring team that supported Aidan helped him on his path to recovery, a recovery who's story is still in the early stages of being written.
Like buying a new red car, you tend to notice all of the other red cars on the road. So is true with TBI. Maybe you've heard about it, seen a story on the news, been saddened for a moment, then moved on with your life. Yep, that is normal. However, the families affected also now have a new direction in their lives too. They don't get to move on because the day to day is just that, day to day. Well, actually its minute to minute, hour to hour, with a new huge gorilla on your back, Mt. Everest to climb, and a band of monkeys banging away on symbols on a carousel in your head, while your spouse and children still need you, and that day job hasn't just stepped aside politely waiting for you to get back to them. Nope, it is a shit storm and thank God for places like Craig. Thank God for friends and family, and thank God for compelte strangers who show up at just the right time.
So, what can we do? Pay it forward. If you can, a little goes a long way especially if we can multiply it by big numbers. There are plenty of TBI's and spinal cord injuries just waiting in the wings, and those patients, those families will need the same kind of help that Aidan received. Whatever you can donate will be greatly appreciated.
Steve and Rebecca and their boys have been stallions for Aidan. Steve and my wife Lorrie and I are college friends and Lorrie and I live here in Colorado. I spoke with Steve and he wishes he could be here next weekend to ride for Aidan, to ride for Craig in the "Peddle 4 Possible" ride but he cannot. So, I am stepping in as his and Rebecca's proxy, riding for Aidan and raising as much we can for Aidan/for Craig.
Steve and Rebecca and the Schellings boys and Dave and Lorrie Desmond.
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