Help Good Samaritan AJ Short

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Raised by 402 people in 26 months


On Sunday evening, an extremely loud *CRASH!* drew the attention of everyone in our neighborhood.  A.J. Short immediately ran the block from his home to the intersection of Violet and 28th Street to see how he could help.  

No emergency vehicles had yet arrived, but he did not hesitate.  While he and another young woman were trying to assist the  person in the crumpled car, a drunk driver came upon them and crashed into the scene, hurling A.J. into the air and slamming him against the pavement far down the road.  He tried to protect the young woman who was helping, by pushing her out of the way of the car, but she was also hit.

A.J. sustained serious injuries and is being treated at Boulder Community Hospital.  He has a broken hip and leg, multiple cuts on his arms and abdomen, and contusions on his head.  He is pretty banged up, but getting good care, and we expect him to recover with the help of the good medical team and the support of his loving family, supportive friends, and church community.

A.J. is a Junior at CU, where he is studying Business.  He volunteers as a YoungLife leader, mentoring youth.  As an active member of Calvary Bible Church, he just returned in March from a six month service trip in Uganda.  He had been hoping to return there in June, but that will need to be put off for now.  

A.J. will obviously incur a lot of medical bills and will be unable to work for some time, due to this accident.  Sadly, we learned the driver who hit him had multiple DUIs,  a revoked license , and was uninsured.  It is unclear at this time how all of his financial needs will be met, so we are asking friends and neighbors who can donate to contribute what they can to help ease the burden on his family while he recovers.

For more information about the accident, read this story in the Boulder Daily Camera:  http://www.dailycamera.com/news/boulder/ci_30972468/csp-passers-by-helping-drunk-driver-after-boulder
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If you’re reading this, I’m sure you already know. A year ago today I was in ICU relying on doctors to keep me alive. Since then I have continued with surgeries and PT and an overall lifestyle change due to the accident. I felt it right that on the 1-year anniversary to thank God and everyone who has been there with me this past year!
I couldn’t have achieved what I have without you all. I’m happy to say that the most recent surgery seems to have been successful in relieving me of some of my pain and limitations! I am not absent of pain and not 100% yet, but God is good, and I know he will take care of me regardless of where I end. I still attend PT but feel like I can see the end. I even plan to walk the Bolder Boulder this year in celebration of a good friend, whether I finish it or not I’m stoked I feel like I can even participate!
The past year has been great because I was humbled in my weakness by everyone’s response and learned the root of perseverance. I have no resentment for my situation because God proves he uses all things for good. Last year I had to miss a trip to Uganda, but I am excited to say I will be returning in three weeks with an awesome group of people
God bless everyone who prayed and stood with me.

Much Love,
AJ
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Hey!

I wanted to give a quick update.

For the past 8 months I have been recovering from my injuries. Through PT I have gained a lot of strength and range of motion, though there is quite a bit of progress to be made. I still need to go to PT each week and this has only been possible because of this fund. Without PT there is no way I would be able to make the progress I have, I am so grateful for all who have made it possible for me to continue my recovery!

Even so I’ve continued to have daily pain and my progression has slowed. The surgeon recommended I have the plates and screws removed from my leg as he believes the hardware may be a variable holding me back. This past Friday I had the hardware removal surgery along with cleaning out built up scar tissue. Since then I have been on crutches and will regress somewhat in PT. The long view is that this surgery will relieve me of some pain and give my body potential to regain full mobility and strength. Please pray that after I recover from this surgery I will be blessed with pain relief and be able to excel out of PT.

Thank you everyone for the support, it has made a big difference!

AJ Short
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I haven't had the ability to personally post on here until recently. None the less I want address anyone who I haven't yet with a Thank You. There really aren't word to express my true gratitude.
Obviously this accident wasn't expected, but I also didn't expect to receive the incredible response I did. You all have blown me away with your generosity and letters of support. I'm facing a big challenge in life and it has come with hurdle after hurdle, but I am not alone. I have you all, who have graciously stepped up alongside me and helped.
I am humbled when I read the name of those who have given. To those I've known forever, and you who knew me from high school, and each I've never met to the ones who remain anonymous, I am More Than Grateful.
I have a long way to go and it hasn't been easy nor do I expect getting back what was taken will ever be easy. However, know I understand that each one of you have carried part of my burden, one too big for me to carry alone. Beyond all the scars, melt plates and screws I'll own the rest of my life, I will also be reminded of you who came to my side. I thank God for the difference he has made in my life through each of you.
Like I said, there really aren't words or letters or gestures to fully covey my gratitude. But I hope this helps to give a at least a glimpse of how much each of you have meant to me in during an extraordinarily hard crisis in my life.

Much Love,
AJ Abu Short
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Hi, friends of AJ. Here's the latest update from AJ at home. He has an at home nurse and Physical Therapy. Pt is 3x a week and the nurse will visit about every 3 days. He is very grateful for the support everyone has already given and continues to offer in terms of financial, meals, rides, prayers, etc. Thank you!
Update from AJ May 31, 2017
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Amber Zaroban
26 months ago
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You don't know me but I know a friend of yours. I lost my husband six months ago after an ATV accident left him in a coma with a traumatic brain injury. When I saw your story, I cried more than I'd like to admit when I heard you're going to be okay (especially your brain). Praise God! The church was a huge support for me and looks like the same for you. Please know that I'm praying for a smooth recovery. If you or your family need anything, I'm close by in Westminster and I'm a fellow Buff alum.

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Kelsie Ward
25 months ago
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So glad to hear you are healing! Thinking of you and continuing to send positive vibes your way.

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Suzanne Wight
26 months ago
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AJ - Randy and I live two doors down from Janet on Vineyard Place. So happy to hear you about to get to next steps of healing. I'm available to give rides if needed, help out however we can once you get home (food - what are your favorites?) Anyway, I'll contact you and your Mom once you get through the next surgeries. I know you have many friends and neighbors who are with you 100%. Just wanted to say hi and let you know we're among them.

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Melissa Richards
26 months ago
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Hey Aj, hope you start feeling better soon! Hang in there !

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Julie Powell
26 months ago
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The Powells all send you love and healing wishes, AJ! xoxoox

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Hallie Beth Lane
14 months ago

Hey AJ, thanks for the update! I’m friends with Heather and heard good things from her last week when I saw her. So glad things are improving for you! -Hallie

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Ronnette Sutherland
16 months ago

Thank you for the update, so glad you are improving everyday. Prayers for a full recovery from your surgery and for continued hope, faith and strength as you go through this challenging process ❤️

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Jean Wood
14 months ago
$50
Anonymous
16 months ago
$50
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16 months ago
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The Harris Family
16 months ago

Our family is thinking healing thoughts for you, AJ. Keep moving forward!

JW
$15
Jean Wood
16 months ago

God be with you AJ. I will be praying for you.

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Pamela Vogel
16 months ago
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Anonymous
24 months ago
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Bruce Lish
24 months ago

Best of luck, AJ. You're in a lot of people's thoughts.

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Anonymous
25 months ago
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Amber Zaroban
26 months ago
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You don't know me but I know a friend of yours. I lost my husband six months ago after an ATV accident left him in a coma with a traumatic brain injury. When I saw your story, I cried more than I'd like to admit when I heard you're going to be okay (especially your brain). Praise God! The church was a huge support for me and looks like the same for you. Please know that I'm praying for a smooth recovery. If you or your family need anything, I'm close by in Westminster and I'm a fellow Buff alum.

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Kelsie Ward
25 months ago
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So glad to hear you are healing! Thinking of you and continuing to send positive vibes your way.

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Suzanne Wight
26 months ago
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AJ - Randy and I live two doors down from Janet on Vineyard Place. So happy to hear you about to get to next steps of healing. I'm available to give rides if needed, help out however we can once you get home (food - what are your favorites?) Anyway, I'll contact you and your Mom once you get through the next surgeries. I know you have many friends and neighbors who are with you 100%. Just wanted to say hi and let you know we're among them.

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Melissa Richards
26 months ago
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Hey Aj, hope you start feeling better soon! Hang in there !

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Julie Powell
26 months ago
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The Powells all send you love and healing wishes, AJ! xoxoox

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Hallie Beth Lane
14 months ago

Hey AJ, thanks for the update! I’m friends with Heather and heard good things from her last week when I saw her. So glad things are improving for you! -Hallie

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Ronnette Sutherland
16 months ago

Thank you for the update, so glad you are improving everyday. Prayers for a full recovery from your surgery and for continued hope, faith and strength as you go through this challenging process ❤️

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