Jason's Journey

$4,636 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 63 people in 26 months
Stacey Jean
on behalf of Jason Waddell
 SAUK RAPIDS, MN
My brother Jason Waddell recently underwent emergency back surgery. What many of you may not know is the severity of his injuries. Jason had been doctoring for more than a year for lower back pain. It is something that runs in our family. Most recently Jason found himself in the emergency room at St. Cloud hospital with excruciating pain more than a week ago. He was sent home on pain meds and told there was nothing that could be done at that time. Days went by and ultimately Jason found himself unable to use his legs one day. He was transported by ambulance to the St. Cloud Hospital once again. There, he experienced a whirlwind of life altering diagnosis. After his fourth and final attempt at an MRI, it was explained to him and his wife Taryn, that Jason had hernitiated discs and crushed vertebrae in his lower back. The worst of this news being that a small price of bone had lodged itself in the nerve which controls his bladder, bowels and movement. Basically all the bodily functions from his belly button down. He needed emergency back surgery in order to remove the fragment and have any hopes of regaining feeling in his lower extremeties. The surgery was successful, but Jason and his wife are now faced with a very long journey of rehabilitation. Jason is fighting HARD! He has come a long way in a few days participating in the In Patient Rehabilitation program. Unfortunately there is no way of knowing when and IF Jason will regain complete use of his legs. This has been very difficult to accept and Jason is determined to work hardest to get back to a healthy 34 year old BBQ king. Medical bills and living expenses are mounting and Jason needs our help. Jason has never been one to ask for anything and is always the first one to offer a helping hand. I am asking for any little financial help any one of us can provide. No one ever plans on creating one of these requests. And most certainly I never expected to need to. I am asking for my brother and his family for any small donation that may help them move forward and assist with the medical bills they have yet to conquer. The goal amount is just a number I threw out there. I couldn't give an accurate amount because we really don't know at this point. All we know is that Jason has a very long journey ahead of him and he really needs the support of his family and friends right now. I am so grateful for the awesome people who have extended their love and prayers. Jason is truly blessed with some beautiful people in his life (especially his wife Taryn). Please let Jason know he has people thinking of him and want to see him come out of this with pride. I will post updates on his progression so that those who love him can see how determined he is to get "back on his feet". Thank you in advance for all your help from the bottom of our hearts.
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Good news!!!!! Jason made it home yesterday! With the help of his family his house was transformed to assist with his continued use of a wheelchair and walker. We are so thankful for the continued support of family and friends. Jason will work with therapists diligently and push forward to regain his functionality as the fates allow. The road will be long, but with his determination and the love and support of his family and friends the journey will be successful! Thank you all again for helping Jason keep looking ahead. It means more than you will ever know. ❤️❤️❤️❤️
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We are off to a good start!
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Jason Waddell
26 months ago
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I want to say Thank You to everyone that has supported me along the way! I still have a long road ahead of me, but I refuse to give up. It truly means a lot to see all of the generosity on this site. It helps drive me everyday to work even harder to hopefully one day get back on my feet. Thank you all very much!!

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Teresa Ondarko
26 months ago

Jason, I know we have had our differences but I truly wish you well. Also you come from stubborn stock and you van and will beat this. Remember what doesn't kill us makes us stronger. Godspeed cousin!!!! I wanna taste your BBQ so lets beat this. I know you can. Life is financially tough for me right now but prayer is free. I'm here let me know if you guys need anything even if it's to mow the grass

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$4,636 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 63 people in 26 months
Created April 9, 2017
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$100
Erika Theisen
24 months ago

We're thinking of you and hoping for a speedy recovery! -Theisen Dental

$100
Steph Wessel
25 months ago
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$200
Shaun and Stephanie Bauer
25 months ago
1
1

Our prayers are with you. Get back on your feet soon. And BBQ'n.

$25
Gary Michael
25 months ago
1
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Hoping for a full and quick recovery!!

$25
Stacey Jean
25 months ago
1
1

Almost there Jas!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

AG
$25
Andrea Goedderz
25 months ago
1
1

Sending good vibes your way, Jason!

SG
$20
Stacey Geise
25 months ago
2
2
JA
$100
Jed Anderson
25 months ago
1
1
PD
$40
Pam Dahlheimer
26 months ago
1
1

Get well soon, Jason

NB
$100
Nick Bonham
26 months ago
1
1
Jason Waddell
26 months ago
1
1

I want to say Thank You to everyone that has supported me along the way! I still have a long road ahead of me, but I refuse to give up. It truly means a lot to see all of the generosity on this site. It helps drive me everyday to work even harder to hopefully one day get back on my feet. Thank you all very much!!

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Teresa Ondarko
26 months ago

Jason, I know we have had our differences but I truly wish you well. Also you come from stubborn stock and you van and will beat this. Remember what doesn't kill us makes us stronger. Godspeed cousin!!!! I wanna taste your BBQ so lets beat this. I know you can. Life is financially tough for me right now but prayer is free. I'm here let me know if you guys need anything even if it's to mow the grass

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