Thank you to all of you that have helped us over the last few weeks whether it has been a prayer, bringing us dinner, taking Elissiah to school or helping us financially. It all means more than you know. A few days ago I was praying how we were going to make ends meet with Shannon not working right now and we just used our savings to go to Project Walk and buy gear for the foundation the night before the accident. We were told he may never be able to work again if his memory doesn't come back. Right now he can not remember the day before or if he takes a nap what he did before the nap. Thank the lord he remembers who Elissiah, Haileigh and I are. At least it is not quite as bad a 50 First Dates. If you tell him something please don't hold it against him if he doesn't remember it tomorrow. This is really hard on him and he is getting frustrated that he can not remember. When he first came to in the truck he didn't even know who I was. I was pinned in the truck and I asked a bystander if I could use their phone to call my parents because Shannon was still unconcious and his head was bleeding uncontrollably from where the wheelchair hit it. So I called my mom because I knew I wouldn't get to talk to her again until they got us all in a stable condition. When Shannon came too he said WHo the he** are you, to me and who is that crying in the back seat. I just started bawling and told my mom he doesn't remember me. About five minutes later he goes Starla where are are we what happened. Did I wreck your dad's new truck. Was it my fault? I quickly reassured him that it wasn't his fault and that my parent's will not be worried about their truck the only thing they will care about is us. The officer on scene asked Shannon where we where he thought he was and he goes Cleveland, Ohio. You have to get my wife to her pageant. LOL. He didn't realize we were in Denver for Project Walk. For the next few hours in the hospital he was convinced we were in Cleveland. I could hear him in the room next to me screaming where are my babies where are my babies. They brought me in and let me hold his hand for a brief second. It wouldn't be until almost two days later when I would see him again. The social worker told us and called my mom and said they were going to put Elissiah in Foster Care if we didn't have family there. So my mother immediately jumped on a plane and Project Walk came and got her for the evening. My mom did convince the hospital to admit her for the night if someone couldn't come get her, but bless the lord Cristin the manager of Project Walk Denver came and got her.
The next few day's came lots of tests. Shannon got prematurely released then a few hours ended up right back in the hospital because his injuries where far worse then what anyone suspected.
I found out that I was paralyzed again that I had lost all movement and feeling that I had been working on for six years to regain. The day before the accident I was standing and moving my legs. It is amazing how anything can change in an instant. Denver wanted to put me in their acute care facility, but my mom had to return home for her surgery to remove a mass. She techincally shouldn't of been down their with how much pain she was in. They told us again if I didn't have someone for Elissiah she would have to go into foster care. So Shannon and I chose to be transported back to Montana. They wanted to put me in rehab at hospital here but I had Elissiah and Shannon. So I chose to stay at home. We are currently trying to get rehab, a new wheelchair and a vehicle that I can drive all of us around in when I am cleared. I have been holding unto my single cab truck tightly because my girlfriend had it painted during my first accident with the hit and run driver and she passed away from a motor vehicle accident the week I was released from the hospital six years ago, but it looks like it is time to sell it and get something like an MV1 or adaptive truck big enough to haul my family around.
I never imagined that this account would stay open but when I saw that someone started to donate a few days ago I realized it was still open and that some of you started donating again. It means more to us then you know and I promise when I can I will pay it forward through the Moving Forward Foundation or another source that needs it at the time.
This campaign was started almost two years ago and you guy helped Starla go to therapy and we didn't imagine that we would have to keep it going. In the last few days a few of you donated money and the Barnes are eternally grateful. They know how hard it is during this Christmas season. If you would like to donate to the foundation and not to the Barnes just leave a note on your donation that it is for the Moving Forward Foundation.
Due to Shannon's double vision and short term memory loss, Shannon and Starla will be looking for a new adaptive vehicle for Starla to drive until Shannon is cleared to drive again. Starla will also be looking for a new wheelchair. She is currently borrowing an ultra light from a friend. It doesn't quite fit her correctly but she feels blessed to not be stuck in the bed. They are currently trying to work with the insurance of the gentleman that hit them and praying that their will be enough to cover the hospital bills and projected medical,. Shannon and Starla know the lord will pull them through and they will work on their long term plan together. Starla wants to go back to Project Walk as soon as it is feasible she came so far in this last year, because of all of you you made it possible for her to get alternative forms of therapy that helped her stand and move her legs. She was standing on her own and moving her legs the day before the accident then on November 9th, she lost it all again. They want you all to know how truly blessed they are to be alive and for all of your support. Shannon was the main support for the Moving Forward Foundation too before the accident so they will be doing fundraisers to help the foundation too. If you would like to volunteer and help the foundation you can check out neverstoprocking.com or facebook.com/neverstoprockingjustbecauseyouroll
Hello Everyone, When we started this journey we never imagined the places it would take us and that Starla would be standing and moving her legs and then have it all taken away by another driver for the second time. You all donated so much to get Starla up standing and walking. And we want you all to know how much we appreciated it and that Starla used it all towards her therapy. On November 9th, Starla, Shannon and Elissiah were in Denver at Project Walk. Starla was their new ambassador. A driver rear ended them while they were in a turning lane. The driver hit them doing about 70 miles an hour. Starla's wheelchair flew through the back window hitting Shannon in the head and giving him a traumatic brain injury. He has double vision, bad short term memory now and has to walk with a cane. Starla lost all the movement and feeling that she worked so hard to get. She is starting all over from the beginning again, but she has the heart to do it. If anyone can it is her. Elissiah is miraculously ok. Her legs should of been broken or worse but it is like a guardian angel picked her up. The family is fighting together to get their independence back. Shannon and Starla can not drive right now. So family and friends have been helping them. They want everyone to know how extremely grateful they are for all the support that his been given through the years.
We would like to say Thank you to everyone who is supporting Starla and helping her get back on her feet. She has been going to local therapy here and standing every day. While at Ms. Wheelchair USA she was dropped on the plane and tore the ligaments in her knee it has been a battle but she is healing and has since opened and adaptive foundation. She is hoping to be able to go to project walk now that she is getting more movement. She was able to buy a handbike while not being able to stand to stay active. We are so Thankful for all of you.
We would like to say Thank you for everyone's support. Starla has done many things since we started this for her. She was crowned Ms. Wheelchair MT and went on to open a foundation for others call Moving Forward. Her motto is we should never stop rocking, just because we roll! Thank you everyone for standing by us!!
Thank you so much everyone for your love and support. Starla is beyond words, she wishes that she could come and Thank each and everyone of you individually! We are currently at $15,445.00. The love that you have shown is incredible. There are more offline donations that will be posted tomorrow. It is a New Year and anything is possible. Starla prays that she can give back as much love! We all Thank You! Starla, The Barnes and Hilliard Families and Stand up for Starla
Thank you so much everyone for your help! The phone calls and the emails that starla and her family have received are amazing. I pray everyone is having a blessed Christmas and everything that everyone has done means so much from the little boy with the 25 cents to every phone call, email, share and prayer. Be watching out for the Daily Interlake Christmas day for Starla's story to come out. Her accident was never covered on any news station. Infact a lot of people Starla went to school with from highschool to college had no clue that the accident even happened. Both the Hilliard and Barnes families wish you a Merry Christmas!
The cutest thing happened as Starla and Elissiah waited inside walmart by the gumball machines. A little boy came up to her and gave her his 25 cents. He had overheard Starla talking on the phone. He said,"I know this may not be enough, but will this help buy your walking braces?" He chose not to buy a gumball. He had so much pride like he just bought someone a brand new car.
Its amazing what happens when a community starts coming together. Over the last few years I have never asked for help because I didn't want to put my burden on others. The story of my accident was never covered and the daily interlake has contacted us saying they would like to cover the story. I was brought to tears this am when so many people said they were praying for me our sending positive thoughts. I just want you all to know how much this truly means to me. Love Starla and family
https://www.facebook.com/standupforstarla http://www.dailyinterlake.com/news/local_montana/article_f14e8dc8-6cf4-11e3-83d7-001a4bcf887a.html Starla Hilliard-Barnes was paralyzed in a hit and run motorcycle accident on June 23, 2009. She is a wife and a mother to a beautiful little girl. Unfortunately, the driver, who ran a red light, has never never been identified, leaving her and her family with 1.7 million in hospital bills even with medical insurance. After paying what they could they still owe $160,000.00. At the age of 21, she ...laid in the hospital paralyzed in a drug induced coma. She is a T4 incomplete paraplegic. She broke everything from T2 to T8 in her back and is completely missing T4. She also broke all her ribs, scapula, clavical and eye orbital (where now she has a plate) and punctured both lungs. She was airlifted from Kalispell, MT to Seattle WA. In Seattle they did multiple surgeries and then she went on to rehab. Unfortunately she was unable to finish rehab in Seattle because of the condition she was in. They wanted to put her in a long term care facility. Her mother refused and brought her the 9 hours back home. Her family and her did therapy on their own and got her independent again. As soon as Starla was able she returned back to work as an insurance producer. She didn't want to go on disability. She has always been and independent person and always wanted to help others. Even to this day, as she struggles to pay her medical debt and get the medical equipment she needs, she still offers a helping hand to others. Starla wants to be a role model for anyone in her situation and for others, as well. She wants to let the world know that you can do anything that you put your mind to and that we have so much to live for. That is why her husband and her opened Moving Forward Adaptive Sports, a volunteer ran program that enhances the lives of the differently able, veterans and those who have been through a tragic events. (neverstoprocking.com and facebook.com/neverstoprockingjustbecauseyouroll). She was Ms. Wheelchair MT 2014 and is the current Ambassador for Project Walk Denver. Infact while in Denver Starla was paralyzed for the second time by a driver who rear ended them doing 70 MPH. Starla's wheelchair flew through the back of the truck window hitting her husband Shannon in the head leaving him with a traumatic brain injury and Starla lost all the movement and feeling that she has worked hard to regain in the last 6 years. Thank the lord their daughter Elissiah was ok. The officers said that if they would of been in a car they would likely not be with us today. We are blessed to have them. Starla is starting over from square one learning how to be a paraplegic all over again. She lost all the movement she gained and feeling in this second accident and Shannon has double vision, is having trouble with his short term memory, trouble standing without getting dizzy and depth perception.
With enough prayer and positive thinking, these things will be achieved! With this site, Starla is asking for your prayers as they are more powerful than you know. If you don't want to leave a donation here you do have an oppurtunity to send a donation to Stand up for Starla c/o Matt Downing State Farm, 445 Main St., Kalispell, MT 59901. Here are some other great articles about Starla!