Palmer's Road to Recovery

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Raised by 173 people in 30 months
Brothers Kayden and Kyson Palmer have been away from home for over 6 weeks, spending the summer at Motocross Compound intensely training for the recent Loretta Lynn's National Amateur event.   Their parents, Juston and Misty Palmer as well as close friend, Kanyon VanOtten, spent the last week in Tennessee with the boys helping support their passion.  Both boys raced exceptionally, with Kyson taking 2nd overall in his class, an outstanding accomplishment. 

Nine hours into their return journey home they ran into a severe thunder storm.  Their truck and trailer hydroplaned into an embankment off interstate 70 in Topeka, Kansas. All 5 passengers were injured- Kayden and Kyson having to be airlifted, made their way to one hospital.  Juston was rushed by ambulance to a different hospital and Misty and Kanyon were sent to yet a different hospital.  Not til hours later were Juston, Misty and Kanyon reunited with the brothers. 

Kayden had initial bleeding on his brain and was put into an induced coma. He has opened his eyes 2-3 times and has had some progress with simple responses to his nurses. Per updates from the hospital this morning we are hoping he is able to have his chest tube removed today and waiting on results of the CT scan. 

Kyson’s spleen had some bleeding- it is currently functional; however, he will undergo surgery for a broken jaw this afternoon. 

Juston is currently in extreme pain with a dislocated shoulder and cracked vertebrae. Last night they were finally able to get his shoulder back into the socket. He is scheduled for surgery to repair his back.  Juston’s injuries will keep him out of work for at least 3 months. 

Misty was released from the hospital yesterday with cuts and stitches as well as Kanyon who sustained a broken arm.  Misty's sisters and father and Kanyon's family arrived late yesterday and are with them now at the hospital. 

Two of their close friends met them at the hospital in Kansas, to offer support and to look through the wreckage for anything salvageable.  The Palmers race trailer, which contained multiple motorcycles, and all their equipment is a total loss.  The Palmers close friends were able; however, to locate and return Kyson's awards and trophies.  

There are many people who know and love this amazing family and have been asking how to help.  Standing by at home, being helpless is frustrating.  This GoFundMe account has been set up to offer support from our sidelines, while they recover.  It is not yet clear how or when they will return home, but it is true that they will face an extreme financial burden.  

Misty and Juston run their own landscaping company- both laboring extensively in their field of work.  Juston will be out of work for a few months and Misty will need to care for all 3 of her men.  This will be a long road to recovery, but we pray that they will be supported. 

Cole and Elizabeth Townsend have set up this GoFundMe account, after being given permission from family.  We are close friends of the Palmers and traveled to Tennessee with them.  We live within 2 miles of each other, and -just like all who know them- want to do what ever we can to help.
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It's been a successful year for the Palmer family. As we all know, after coming off a great week of racing in Tennessee last year the family faced an extremely difficult return trip home, taking weeks instead of what should have been 24 hours. Their year of recovery was long and included multiple surgeries, uncovering unnoticed broken bones, physical therapy, muscle and vision strengthening as well as patience.

Exactly one year later, I am happy to share with you their year of success along with Kayden and Kyson’s continued passion for racing. These boys pushed themselves through recovery and made it back to the best of the best Amateur National Motocross Championship again this past week- definitely not an easy task. Their friend, Kanyon VanOtten, who was also injured in the wreck, has as well recovered and joined them once again on their recent adventure.

I am over the moon to share that the boys and their parents, Juston and Misty Palmer, as well as Kanyon arrived home yesterday afternoon. I have been waiting 12 months to announce this day!!! I imagine they are clearing wall space for BOTH of their top 10 finishing medals and awards!!! These boys are extremely talented and I know the love, support and prayers you offered to this family undoubtedly helped to get them back up again.

Many thank yous, on behalf of their family and mine, Elizabeth. -Cole and Elizabeth Townsend
Kayden Palmer #99
Kyson Palmer #88 earning his medal.
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Well, it's been just over 2 months since the Palmer's accident. Your prayers, generous donations, and acts of kindness have brought great strength to this family.

Since returning home, Misty found that she had in fact injured her knee and lower back. She is recovering wonderfully, as is Kyson (he is happy to be back on a solid diet). Family friend, Kanyon, is back at school and doing great. Kayden is working hard to regain the tracking strength in his eye, which is either going to take more time or surgery to fully correct. Juston is moving forward. He is scheduled for outpatient surgery on his elbow tomorrow morning. More prayers are always welcome!!!

Thank you, Every One, for your amazing kindness.
Kayden, Misty, Kyson and Juston
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Today's update from Kanyon's mom, Chastity Van Otten:

"This is a group of survivors! Yesterday was their first outing together since the accident. Each of them broken in some way including Misty's recently diagnosed broken back and knee injury. Her back may heal on its own but please pray for no surgery on her knee. I am so proud of each of them. They are all healing and for the most part being patient with the process. I am still in awe with the magnitude of the accident they were all in that they are still with us and rocking their recovery! Prayer is powerful and I want to thank you for each and every one then and now! #prayforpalmers p.s. aren't moms amazing! Misty had no time to be injured she had to care for her boys. It wasn't until being back at work and doing hard labor that she realized she was in fact injured. She is one tough lady! We are blessed to call this amazing family friends!"
Kyson, Misty, Juston, Kayden & Kanyon
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I am happy to report that the Palmer family have all returned home!!! Though they have much to still overcome, it is safe to say they have experienced a miracle. The road to recovery will continue as well as their strength and appreciation. Thank you all for your caring support! -Elizabeth Townsend
Finish Line!!!!
Juston and Misty after arriving home!
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Russell Pirtle
30 months ago

I am sorry I could not donate more but gave all I had and will do more when I can. My employers and friends at Quick Recovery Services, shared this story with me and I felt compelled to do something. We are here for you and are sending since prayers and we'll wishes your way.

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Raised by 173 people in 30 months
Created August 8, 2016
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29 months ago

We were very sad to hear about your accident but very happy to now hear that you are home!

Linda Montamble
30 months ago

Phil and I are praying that you all have a speedy recovery.

Quick Recovery Employees
30 months ago

On behalf of ALL Quick Recovery Employees, we want to wish you a full recovery!

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30 months ago


Russell Pirtle
30 months ago

I am sorry I could not donate more but gave all I had and will do more when I can. My employers and friends at Quick Recovery Services, shared this story with me and I felt compelled to do something. We are here for you and are sending since prayers and we'll wishes your way.

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