I just want to thank everyone for what they've done. We're almost there. So close, yet this last week and a half has slowed to a crawl.
Marathon runners reach this point in the road. We can see the finish line, all we have to do is cross it. Share this around again and lets see about getting it done.
Jed is doing fantastic by the way. Rehab is going as smoothly as possible and plans are under way for his continued life at home when he's out.
Woooo! We're chugging along folks. Every day more and more donations are coming in.
Jed is doing well as he can be. All the traction has been removed and he's finished with his surgeries. Pneumonia has invaded his lungs, but it is being controlled, and surgery on his Pelvis was completed.
We're still a ways from our goal, but well over the halfway point. They are going to be trying to wake him up in the next few days, if we could share this message like crazy once more, dig deep again, I have a feeling that it would boost his spirits immensely if we could reach our $50,000.00 goal and have it waiting for him upon regaining consciousness.
We've broken through the $26,000.00 dollar point. Fantastic, to be on the downhill side of this fundraiser. But we still have a long ways to go. Thank you to everyone who has donated and shared this so far. This page has received 16,000 visits!
An update on Jed, he's still not awake yet, but he is slowly improving. He developed pneumonia a few days ago and they have been monitoring that closely. But luckily, the doctors have determined he is well enough to begin surgery on his pelvis today, and using two surgeons they plan to cut the overall surgery time down in half.
He's been having some rough nights lately, and his wonderful wife Helen is yet to leave his side for more than a minute. Her fortitude and resilience through this debacle serves as a huge inspiration throughout this. But tentative estimates have hopefully placed him outside of the Intensive Care Unit and into a more normal hospital room in the next week or two.
Holy smokes guys! We are within spitting distance of making $20,000.00 dollars here. Nearly halfway for the first goal!
As I look through the donations, one thing has changed since the beginning of this project just two days ago. At first, it was just people we knew here close to home, and it's grown. Like a raging fire from dreary Seattle to dewy Louisiana, and all the way across the pond to even Japan.
The emotional connotations of this alone mean something great, that strangers who have never met, are willing to reach into their own hearts and pull forth something genuine for a deserving human being. It's too the point that we are reaching so many donations that I feel I can no longer keep up and thank every one of you individually. Just know that I, Jed, and his family are incredibly grateful for all you've done and continue to do.
Almost $15,000! Wow! Look at you guys go. But we can do more, we can do better. The 50k goal we've set for this drive is a very minimal piece. After speaking to his family and hearing through the grapevine this whole process could cost up into the six figure area.
If you have any connections with the media, or famous people, what have you. Please, let them know so we can reach as many people as we can with this! Try and remember how you would want people to react if this was you, your friend, your husband or wife, daughter or son, sister or brother.
Through the power of unity, and even those small $5 donations. We can bring him out of this! There isn't a donation 'too small' and every share brings the chance of more donations.
$8000.00!!!!!!!!!!!!! In about six hours!
I've never been more proud to be a South Dakotan in my entire life. The outpouring of support from our communities in our state and elsewhere has been incredible. But we've still got a long ways to go, these expenses could very well reach into the six figures by the time everything is said and done.
Thankyou to EVERYONE who has donated, big and small. Thankyou to everyone who has shared. Again, tell everyone you know, there isn't a donation too small, it's been all the smaller donations together that have made a huge difference.
I want this message to spread like wildfire.
Thankyou everyone! You folks are great. It's incredible to me and a true testament to the human spirit when I see so many people taking time to donate to a complete stranger in need. 6.5 thousand dollars. Just amazing.
And Aubrey, I hope so too! I hope we can feed this thing like wildfire, getting it spread everywhere and to everyone.
$5,000!!! You folks are incredible. Please keep pouring them in. Every single bit helps, I talked to Jed's wife and she was nearly overcome with emotion and gratitude for all you've done already.
THANKYOU everyone so much. It's incredible we've raised 1.3k in just a little under two hours since this was started. Your generosity will not be forgotten.
You might not know Jedidiah Hall, but I do, and because of that I'd like to take a moment to tell you about him. At 27 years of age he's more than just a man to at least three people in this world. To his wife and children he's a superhero. Jed is like many of us, a blue collar man and the sole breadwinner in his household. He's worked countless hours, (weekends, nights, and holidays included) to provide for his wife Helen, seven year old daughter Savannah, and 3 year old son Gabriel.
He's the kind of man that you know you can depend on. The kind of guy who will come pull you out of the ditch at 3AM when you're stranded in a blizzard. Who'll come do backbreaking work and help you on a project on his time off because you asked him. He's the most loyal, honest, and hardworking individual I've had the pleasure of ever knowing.
But, sadly, terrible things often happen to the best of us. On January 28th, 2014, that exact thing happened. He was up with the sun like any other morning, kissing his wife and children goodbye in Sturgis, South Dakota and taking the lunch his wife made him on his 15 mile transit to Vale to begin the day's work. He was grinding corn that morning, when he became entangled, and completely mangled, by the Power Take Off unit that is attached to the back of a tractor that is used to spin the corn grinder at 1048 RPMS. After being caught on the PTO, it spun his body viciously. It was actually spinning so hard it flung his boots (which were strapped on) the better part of 60 feet, and ripped his coveralls and coat completely.
Then, for reasons still unknown, the tractor stalled, sparing Jed not only his limbs, but his life as well. But what it didn't spare him, was the grievous injuries inflicted, and an amount of pain so extreme I cannot even begin to comprehend.
Two Broken Femurs
One Broken Ankle
One Broken Foot(With metatarsil bones((toes)) poking out of the skin)
Broken Hip Socket
Cracked and Broken Ribs (10-13 of them)
It took five units of blood and ten hours of surgery to keep him alive.
He's been in sedation now for six days without stirring much at the time of the posting of this message. If you take a moment to look at that damage list, keep one thing in mind, which is the purpose of this whole message.
It's going to be expensive.
Not just for the surgeries and the treatment. Not only for the wheelchair and other specialized equipment he'll need after the hospital. Not only for the expected YEARS of physical therapy he'll require to make a recovery. But just to feed and keep his family warm and provided for. Like many of us in the Agricultural Community he wasn't born with a silver spoon in his mouth, our lives revolve around being able to do hard and physical work. This is no longer an option for Jed. Most likely won't be for years.
I don't know everyone's financial situation. But I'm not asking for a lot from anyone. If everyone could donate money that'd be amazing. As much as you can. In addition to that, what's maybe more important is SHARING this message as much as you can. Share it on Facebook. Tell your friends, your family, you're coworkers. Tell you're church groups, book clubs, local radio stations. Tell everyone.
When you tell them, be sure to include that Jed Hall, is the kind of man who would of done it for you.