Hunter Treschl, teen attacked by shark

$54,060 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 582 people in 47 months
*This is the official fundraising page for Hunter Treschl.*

While we have "met" our fundraising goal, the expenses continue to accumulate  for Hunter's family.  By making a donation, you are  helping Hunter and his family with future medical and related travel expenses, as well as adaptive technology to support Hunter's commitment to living a normal life. 

While on vacation, Colorado teen Hunter Treschl was attacked by a shark off the waters of Oak Island, NC.  the shark took Hunter's left arm, but left his spirit and sense of humor intact.  If you've seen his interviews in the media, you've no doubt been inspired and impressed with Hunter's postive attitude.  Hunter is courageous and optimistic, and is determined to "fight and live a normal life."

The family is appreciative of the support and encouragement that has been coming in from around the world. Please feel free to include your hometown in a message to Hunter, along with your contribution. Hunter enjoys reading your comments!

All funds raised will go directly to Sarah Treschl, Hunter's mother, to assist with Hunter's medical bills and travel expenses.

(About me: I first met the Treschl family when Hunter was a student in my third grade class.  Since then, our friendship evolved; we've shared many great adventures, and I'm proud to consider both Hunter and Sarah among my most cherished friends.)
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Hello Supporters and Fans!
Don't forget to tune in (or set your DVR) to Good Morning America tomorrow at 8:30 AM for an interview with Hunter!
Be sure to stay up to see Hunter and Paul deGelder dive with sharks on Discovery Channel! "Sharks Among Us" airs at 10PM. (Eastern Time).
Some folks have asked if this campaign is still active. Yes, you can still donate to the page, or directly to Hunter (send a private message for info).
A year later, Hunter continues to make us all proud, and the love and support he's received via GoFundMe and the Hunter's Recovery Facebook page has been boundless!
Happy Shark Week!
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Hunter hydrating on his way to a party to celebrate a friend's graduation.
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Hello supporters! It's been a year since Hunter's life changed on that beach in NC. Please enjoy this much treasured update from Sarah: Hello dear friends and family. Today marks the one year anniversary of Hunter's "day at the beach," the day he lost his left arm to a shark. I would like to think of this day not through a lens of sadness or loss but through one of hope and resiliency, that life's challenges can be an opportunity for growth. Thank you, as always, for your love and support, thoughts and prayers. Your goodwill continues to buoy Hunter and me. I'm delighted to report Hunter is thriving and having the usual teenage experience-- he got his driver's license, took the SAT and ACT tests (and made this mama very proud!), traveled to see colleges in CA and MN, and won a couple of academic awards at school. He loves to hang out with friends, and he volunteers at Memorial Hospital and wants to give back the way you all have so generously given to him. He inspires me with his independence, perseverance, and resilience, and I know these qualities stem greatly from your support and encouragement. He'll be on "Good Morning America" on June 27 and "Shark Week" that night if you would like to tune in. We are eternally grateful for you and send you our love. As a mom I feel connected to each of you, even those I've never met, and will always hold you in my heart.
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Hello Donors and Friends! Sarah and Hunter want to thank you for your continued support! Enjoy this photo of Hunter relaxing while filming a piece for Shark Week!
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Ken Parker
47 months ago

Hunter, your positive outlook was inspiring and right on! I am an above-the-knee bi-lateral amputee without hands. Like you, I live my life to the fullest because there is no other way to be! I wish you the best and would be happy to give you my perspective on prosthetics if you are interested. All the best.

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Jay Hershfield
47 months ago
6
6

Hunter, you, sir, are an inspiration. You've lost one of your physical "strengths", but seemed to gain an unbelievable amount of emotional strength and intelligence from this tragic experience you are enduring. I can't possibly imagine what you are going through, but your outlook on the possibilities of still living a full and happy life is truly heartwarming and for lack of better words, a breath of fresh air. Your interest in helping develop prosthetics for others going through similar situations is remarkable. I wish the best for you, Hunter; may all of your wildest dreams come true, and may you be as happy and healthy as can be! Keep smiling!! :) Best of luck, man. You've ALWAYS got a team rooting for ya! Jay Hershfield

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Jean Hancock
47 months ago
6
6

Wow Hunter - great interview - loved your big, easy going smile even though you are facing a huge life-altering obstacle. Amazing - great things are in store for you. My husband lost his right arm at 20 years old - he was right handed and became left-handed by necessity. That man never wore a prosthetic arm, because long ago [30+ years] they were super uncomfortable. But man oh man he could do everything with one arm and hand. Never ceased to amaze me - and that is the word I feel everyone will be using over and over again when speaking of you....amazing. Best of luck - I know this is a long, hard journey, but I feel you are going to have a successful, fulfilling, long, long life. No damn shark can keep you down!

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Sharon Hawkins
47 months ago
5
5

Hi Hunter, my husband Kerry and I think about you and what you've gone thru a lot. He lost his left hand when he was 11 years old. He also had to relearn to write with his right hand since he was a leftie. I know it's different since you lost your arm, but stay strong. You can do this. Kerry does so many things with just one hand that people with 2 don't or won't do. He had a mini bike when he had his accident and just days after he got out of the hospital, he was working on that bike to change all the gears to the right side so he could still ride his bike! He has rebuilt his 1976 Toyota Celica motor several times, skis, rides bikes, etc. It sounds like you have the right attitude to not let this get you down and live your life! Kerry would love to talk to you anytime if you would like. Hang in there. I know you can do this.

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Ginger Manley
47 months ago
4
4

Hunter, my husband lost his left arm 50 years ago when he was 23. Like you he was (and remains) an athlete and cool guy with a "let's get on with life attitude." I have recently written our story in a book called Disarmed. He signed a copy and mailed it to you in the NC hospital but the delivery was refused by the hospital. I would love to send it it you wherever in the world you are if someone will privately write me with an address at manleygt@aol.com. Blessings.

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Kitty Pilgrim
47 months ago
4
4

Hunter, As the adjustment gets difficult, look to my former journalist colleague Miles O'Brien, one of the coolest men on the planet. He knows no limits. I learn from his attitude every single day, as I struggle with a serious injury myself. I wish you all the best in this beautiful world. Continue to surround yourself with wonderful people. They will get you through the tough times. Thoughts and prayers.

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Del Hokanson
47 months ago
4
4

Hey Hunter. Thinking about you every day. Just want you to know you and Sarah are surrounded by a lot of love. You are a remarkable young man, tenacious, wise and tough, even back in grade 3. Day at a time mate. You are amazing.

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Tina Goff
47 months ago
3
3

dear hunter...thoughts and prayers to you and family...saw the piece on anderson cooper, but prior to that the day it happened ....my daughter and twin grandsons were at that beach last july, we had to leave a few days early because of something called arthur!!i have a brother who lost his right arm in a farming accident....he was 5 and today he is 68 years old and lives in florida.. he played babe ruth little league, high school baseball and football...he now golfs..he has had 4 holes in ones, his first one was in 1990 and was written up in sports illustrated ...i am so proud of him, he lets NOTHING get in his way....i live in corning new york. all the best to you and your family....

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Joel Ruffin Sr.
47 months ago
3
3

Hunter, you are a brave and courageous young man. Your ability to transcend and frame this moment in your life is incredible. You are a true inspiration! Be strong my friend and continue to defy 'gravity'.

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David Andriani
47 months ago
3
3

Your positivity and outlook is so inspiring. I wish I could do more to help your recovery.

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Yuna Pelekai
47 months ago
2
2

Hi, Hunter, I saw your story on CNN a moment ago and I wanted to tell you that you are a handsome young man with a wonderful attitude and spirit. You speak beautifully. I liked your thoughts on the snark itself. I know you will learn to do whatever you want with one arm! I also wanted to tell you about 2 short films made by a director with Cerebral Palsy that feature amputee characters that you might like called "Only Those Who Limp Allowed" http://cripvideoproductions.com/limpallowed.php and "Crips Not Creeps" http://cripvideoproductions.com/cripsnotcreeps.php (in case these comments don't allow links both films can be found on youtube my typing the names of the films into the youtube search) The characters in these films embrace life like you do. You can find out more here http://cripvideoproductions.com and here cripvideoproductions.tumblr.com Enjoy!

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Peggy Froburg
47 months ago
2
2

Hi Hunter, I was just thinking of you and hoping you are doing well. I talked to my sister, your step-mom and she was filling me in on all your progress! She and your Dad are missing you very much since you have gone back to Colorado. They always love having you there. When I saw you last I was with my son Nate. He wanted me to tell you it's "Bo Time!" You know what that means. He always remembers having Bojangles chicken with you and how much fun playing board games at your Dad's house was when we came to visit you all. You are such a wonderful person and I know how much your Father and my Sister miss you when you are away and how very proud of you they are. We are all proud of you....The Froburg's, The Delaney's, The Buckley's, The Treschl's..... We are all thinking of you and wishing you only great things to come in the future!! Love, Aunt Peggy

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Pello Franceschi
47 months ago
1
1

Hi Hunter. Gotta tell you, as a guy who spends every chance he gets swimming and snorkeling, I saw you on AC and I thought; S..t how unfair!, how can this happen to someone who was just enjoying the water peacefully? But the truth is, every time we go into the water, we walk into somebody else's turf, so to say, and what happened to you could happen to anybody who likes swimming. The difference here is, I don't think anybody else (including me) could be so brave and courageous as you have been, you have turned adversity into opportunity and have given the rest of us a big lesson on how we should appreciate the life that we have. I'm in awe of you kid, I'm sure you will go on to achieve many, many great things, just keep your chin up!!!

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Michael Miller
47 months ago
1
1

Keep up the positive vibes. I wish you the best. God bless

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John Cunningham
47 months ago
1
1

Hunter is our HERO!

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Susan Rubick
47 months ago
1
1

Hunter, I knew your mom when she was in high school. Sounds like you are as wonderful a person as she is. Praying for you and your recovery. God bless you all

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Kenzie Weber
47 months ago
1
1

You have an incredible attitude, Hunter! Thinking about you lots, you are impacting the life of so many people it is unbelievable. You are a reminder every day that life truly is "mind over matter". Stay positive!

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Nikki Gilbert
47 months ago
1
1

Hunter, we just learned of your injury today. I am inspired by your strength and positivity. You are an amazing young man.

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Sharon Hawkins
47 months ago
1
1

You said about trying to open a bag of chips. My husband uses his teeth to open them. ;)

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Michelle Drye
47 months ago
1
1

Stay positive and strong Hunter! The Drye family - Atlanta, GA

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AL
$40
ANDREW LARG
17 months ago

Go Hunter!

RK
$50
Robert Kinsey
41 months ago

Hey Hunter, very cool-looking new arm! I'm glad to donate another $50 to you & your progress. Merry Christmas and best wishes for a terrific 2016.

CO
$15
Carlos Oliveira
41 months ago
VP
$100
Vicki Pedersen
43 months ago

Greetings from your LEGO friend ;)

$25
Arnold McGall Jr.
43 months ago

It looks like you've grown physically and emotionally. I wish you the very best.

CO
$20
Carlos Oliveira
43 months ago

The hiking pictures look great! Take care!

$50
Anonymous
43 months ago (Monthly Donation)
$50
Robert Kinsey
44 months ago

Glad to contribute another $50 toward Hunter's recovery & prosthetic. You are an inspiring young man. Best wishes!

SS
$50
Stacy Smothers
44 months ago
DK
$18
diane karsch
44 months ago
Ken Parker
47 months ago

Hunter, your positive outlook was inspiring and right on! I am an above-the-knee bi-lateral amputee without hands. Like you, I live my life to the fullest because there is no other way to be! I wish you the best and would be happy to give you my perspective on prosthetics if you are interested. All the best.

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Jay Hershfield
47 months ago
6
6

Hunter, you, sir, are an inspiration. You've lost one of your physical "strengths", but seemed to gain an unbelievable amount of emotional strength and intelligence from this tragic experience you are enduring. I can't possibly imagine what you are going through, but your outlook on the possibilities of still living a full and happy life is truly heartwarming and for lack of better words, a breath of fresh air. Your interest in helping develop prosthetics for others going through similar situations is remarkable. I wish the best for you, Hunter; may all of your wildest dreams come true, and may you be as happy and healthy as can be! Keep smiling!! :) Best of luck, man. You've ALWAYS got a team rooting for ya! Jay Hershfield

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Jean Hancock
47 months ago
6
6

Wow Hunter - great interview - loved your big, easy going smile even though you are facing a huge life-altering obstacle. Amazing - great things are in store for you. My husband lost his right arm at 20 years old - he was right handed and became left-handed by necessity. That man never wore a prosthetic arm, because long ago [30+ years] they were super uncomfortable. But man oh man he could do everything with one arm and hand. Never ceased to amaze me - and that is the word I feel everyone will be using over and over again when speaking of you....amazing. Best of luck - I know this is a long, hard journey, but I feel you are going to have a successful, fulfilling, long, long life. No damn shark can keep you down!

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Sharon Hawkins
47 months ago
5
5

Hi Hunter, my husband Kerry and I think about you and what you've gone thru a lot. He lost his left hand when he was 11 years old. He also had to relearn to write with his right hand since he was a leftie. I know it's different since you lost your arm, but stay strong. You can do this. Kerry does so many things with just one hand that people with 2 don't or won't do. He had a mini bike when he had his accident and just days after he got out of the hospital, he was working on that bike to change all the gears to the right side so he could still ride his bike! He has rebuilt his 1976 Toyota Celica motor several times, skis, rides bikes, etc. It sounds like you have the right attitude to not let this get you down and live your life! Kerry would love to talk to you anytime if you would like. Hang in there. I know you can do this.

+ Read More
Ginger Manley
47 months ago
4
4

Hunter, my husband lost his left arm 50 years ago when he was 23. Like you he was (and remains) an athlete and cool guy with a "let's get on with life attitude." I have recently written our story in a book called Disarmed. He signed a copy and mailed it to you in the NC hospital but the delivery was refused by the hospital. I would love to send it it you wherever in the world you are if someone will privately write me with an address at manleygt@aol.com. Blessings.

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Kitty Pilgrim
47 months ago
4
4

Hunter, As the adjustment gets difficult, look to my former journalist colleague Miles O'Brien, one of the coolest men on the planet. He knows no limits. I learn from his attitude every single day, as I struggle with a serious injury myself. I wish you all the best in this beautiful world. Continue to surround yourself with wonderful people. They will get you through the tough times. Thoughts and prayers.

+ Read More
Del Hokanson
47 months ago
4
4

Hey Hunter. Thinking about you every day. Just want you to know you and Sarah are surrounded by a lot of love. You are a remarkable young man, tenacious, wise and tough, even back in grade 3. Day at a time mate. You are amazing.

+ Read More
Tina Goff
47 months ago
3
3

dear hunter...thoughts and prayers to you and family...saw the piece on anderson cooper, but prior to that the day it happened ....my daughter and twin grandsons were at that beach last july, we had to leave a few days early because of something called arthur!!i have a brother who lost his right arm in a farming accident....he was 5 and today he is 68 years old and lives in florida.. he played babe ruth little league, high school baseball and football...he now golfs..he has had 4 holes in ones, his first one was in 1990 and was written up in sports illustrated ...i am so proud of him, he lets NOTHING get in his way....i live in corning new york. all the best to you and your family....

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Joel Ruffin Sr.
47 months ago
3
3

Hunter, you are a brave and courageous young man. Your ability to transcend and frame this moment in your life is incredible. You are a true inspiration! Be strong my friend and continue to defy 'gravity'.

+ Read More
David Andriani
47 months ago
3
3

Your positivity and outlook is so inspiring. I wish I could do more to help your recovery.

+ Read More
Yuna Pelekai
47 months ago
2
2

Hi, Hunter, I saw your story on CNN a moment ago and I wanted to tell you that you are a handsome young man with a wonderful attitude and spirit. You speak beautifully. I liked your thoughts on the snark itself. I know you will learn to do whatever you want with one arm! I also wanted to tell you about 2 short films made by a director with Cerebral Palsy that feature amputee characters that you might like called "Only Those Who Limp Allowed" http://cripvideoproductions.com/limpallowed.php and "Crips Not Creeps" http://cripvideoproductions.com/cripsnotcreeps.php (in case these comments don't allow links both films can be found on youtube my typing the names of the films into the youtube search) The characters in these films embrace life like you do. You can find out more here http://cripvideoproductions.com and here cripvideoproductions.tumblr.com Enjoy!

+ Read More
Peggy Froburg
47 months ago
2
2

Hi Hunter, I was just thinking of you and hoping you are doing well. I talked to my sister, your step-mom and she was filling me in on all your progress! She and your Dad are missing you very much since you have gone back to Colorado. They always love having you there. When I saw you last I was with my son Nate. He wanted me to tell you it's "Bo Time!" You know what that means. He always remembers having Bojangles chicken with you and how much fun playing board games at your Dad's house was when we came to visit you all. You are such a wonderful person and I know how much your Father and my Sister miss you when you are away and how very proud of you they are. We are all proud of you....The Froburg's, The Delaney's, The Buckley's, The Treschl's..... We are all thinking of you and wishing you only great things to come in the future!! Love, Aunt Peggy

+ Read More
Pello Franceschi
47 months ago
1
1

Hi Hunter. Gotta tell you, as a guy who spends every chance he gets swimming and snorkeling, I saw you on AC and I thought; S..t how unfair!, how can this happen to someone who was just enjoying the water peacefully? But the truth is, every time we go into the water, we walk into somebody else's turf, so to say, and what happened to you could happen to anybody who likes swimming. The difference here is, I don't think anybody else (including me) could be so brave and courageous as you have been, you have turned adversity into opportunity and have given the rest of us a big lesson on how we should appreciate the life that we have. I'm in awe of you kid, I'm sure you will go on to achieve many, many great things, just keep your chin up!!!

+ Read More
Michael Miller
47 months ago
1
1

Keep up the positive vibes. I wish you the best. God bless

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John Cunningham
47 months ago
1
1

Hunter is our HERO!

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Susan Rubick
47 months ago
1
1

Hunter, I knew your mom when she was in high school. Sounds like you are as wonderful a person as she is. Praying for you and your recovery. God bless you all

+ Read More
Kenzie Weber
47 months ago
1
1

You have an incredible attitude, Hunter! Thinking about you lots, you are impacting the life of so many people it is unbelievable. You are a reminder every day that life truly is "mind over matter". Stay positive!

+ Read More
Nikki Gilbert
47 months ago
1
1

Hunter, we just learned of your injury today. I am inspired by your strength and positivity. You are an amazing young man.

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Sharon Hawkins
47 months ago
1
1

You said about trying to open a bag of chips. My husband uses his teeth to open them. ;)

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Michelle Drye
47 months ago
1
1

Stay positive and strong Hunter! The Drye family - Atlanta, GA

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