Rehab for Ryan McLaren (Rocket)

$52,715 of $55,000 goal

Raised by 512 people in 18 months
Mike Vbbxtt
on behalf of Ryan McLaren
 BURLINGTON, VT
Last Friday Ryan was enjoying a bluebird day of skiing at Mad River Glen. Unfortunately, the mountain was unforgiving that afternoon and Ryan sustained a serious spinal cord injury. He was airlifted to UVMMC in Burlington, VT where it was determined that he had sustained a burst fracture to his L1 vertebrae in his lower back. He went into surgery soon after arriving and the fracture was surgically repaired. Ryan now sports some serious internal hardware that may lead to some interesting interactions with TSA at the airport in the future but his spine is stable from a medical standpoint.

With the help of a fantastic medical team Ryan was discharged from UVMMC on 3/23/17 and was transported to Spaulding Rehabilitation Center outside of Boston. He has begun a five week rehabilitation program and will be reevaluated upon completion. Ryan has a long road ahead with extensive rehabilitation. This is where he needs your help. We have published this page with the hope that the funding raised here will support Ryan and his family with the cost of rehab, adaptive equipment and any additional costs associated with the road to recovery. Any funds remaining will be donated to the Kelly Brush Foundation, Northern Vermont Ski Patrol and Spinal Cord Research. Please follow the links below to learn more:

Kelly Brush Foundation
http://kellybrushfoundation.org/

Northern Vermont Ski Patrol
http://www.nspnvt.org/

Many of you know this already, but Ryan is an honest to god champion. He is a great family man, a soon to be husband and a sincere friend. He is a man of fine wine, assorted cheese and more recently a chocolate chip cookie connoisseur. He loves the outdoors, coaching lacrosse and the song Work by Rihanna. Please help us in getting Ryan back into form with anything you can. Even if it is just sending your love via email or phone, this is motivating and aids in the healing process.
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Hey guys! As we approach the one year anniversary of Ryan's accident, we are reminded of how lucky he is to have such an amazing and generous support system that has helped through these last 365 days. Thanks to each and every one of you Ryan has been able to relentlessly pursue his recovery and has made huge strides in regaining his function and mobility back.

Unfortunately the cost of this rehabilitation continues to rise and as we look ahead to the next year we want to guarantee that Ryan can continue to receive the care he has come to rely on. Currently Ryan is driving down to Boston every Friday to Journey Forward - a spinal cord intensive rehab program that unfortunately is not covered by insurance. We are hoping, with this campaign, to cover the cost of these services for Ryan for the next year. It's places like Journey Forward that have gotten Ryan back up on his feet (see photo evidence below)!

Please join us this Saturday, March 17th, at the St. John's club in Burlington to celebrate the progress Ryan has made this last year, and to support him in his continued recovery.

https://www.facebook.com/events/346987949154410/

Ryan, Adrienne and our families couldn't be more grateful for all of you!

-Ashley
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Family, Friends, Community Members, and Extremely Kind and Generous Strangers,

Let me first start by saying THANK YOU. Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of our hearts, for your immense outpouring of support and encouragement for my brother, Ryan, and his fiancé, Adrienne, following his accident. To say we have been overwhelmed by your kindness is an understatement, but you have all played a critical role in ensuring that Ryan has every opportunity to maximize his rehabilitation and for that we are all grateful beyond words. Thank you to Mike and Alex for getting this gofundme campaign off the ground, and thank you to every person that donated, reached out, or sent along words of encouragement or delicious recovery treats. You have all also confirmed something we’ve always known - that Ryan and Adrienne have touched so many lives and they both deserve nothing but the best!

It’s been a little over two weeks since Ryan’s accident, and we wanted to update all of you on the incredible strides he has already made in his recovery. He has been progressing well at Spaulding. He’s been doing at least three hours of physical therapy a day and they are pushing him hard to get better. So far, he’s been up standing on two feet (while heavily supported) twice now and both of his legs continue to gain strength every day. Last Wednesday, Ryan had his first meeting with his case manager. His whole team at Spaulding sat down to talk about what his acute rehab will look like, and determined that they expect him to spend about six week at their facility. More exciting, their goal is to have him standing and hopefully doing some short distance walking before he leaves. We are all so thrilled, as this is a great prognosis given his relatively short stay at Spaulding. After he leaves, Ryan will follow up with a lengthy outpatient physical therapy program a few days a week. As this is still a few weeks off, we are still exploring the best option for him in hopes that they can build on his acute rehab and get him as close to full recovery as possible. At the end of the day, we are so lucky and grateful for the progress Ryan has already made, and the goals and gains he is working towards.

Many of you (again, your kindness is incredible) have also asked about an address to send Ryan additional well wishes during his stay at Spaulding, so here it is!

Ryan McLaren
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
300 First Avenue, Room 617
Boston, MA 02129

To wrap it up, please enjoy this photo from Sunday, where Ry got to head outside and soak up some vitamin D for the first time since his accident! Woohoo!

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of you!

-Ashley, and the whole McLaren/Shea clan!
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Beverly Nordahl Austin Knapp
18 months ago

How very sad, Ryan. When you get to Spaulding Rehab you will meet Warren Ard -fabulous builder and a great person. Warren has just had the same accident skiing in NYS. He will still be there when you arrive. I believe a positive attitude is going to go a long way with this injury. Warren is from Nantucket where we now live. He knows my daughter, Laura. My children ski raced at Mad River Glen. Keep your spirits up, fondly, Beverly Knapp

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Betsy-Martin Fortin
18 months ago

So glad you have done this for him & his family- thank you and Best of luck to Ryan!

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Bernie Noel Mullally
17 months ago

Soo happy to see him outside!! Looks like and sounds like he is getting the best care!!!! Can't wait to see for myself! Love ya Ry Gy!! ❤

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Travis Kale
18 months ago

Stay strong, Ryan! Just like a dust devil or waterspout! :) I remember a certain informative video telling me that those are pretty strong phenomenom ;) You are in my thoughts, man!

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Martha Allen
5 months ago

Keep fighting, Ryan!

AS
$50
Amelia Silver
5 months ago

Grateful to know you, and to be able to do a little bit.

LL
$100
Lisa Lillibridge
5 months ago

I read your story today in SevenDays and was moved. I have twin girls who are seniors at BHS. I admire your grit.

MT
$50
Michelle and Joe Teegarden
5 months ago

Your strength, perspective and outlook is inspiring!

Beverly Nordahl Austin Knapp
18 months ago

How very sad, Ryan. When you get to Spaulding Rehab you will meet Warren Ard -fabulous builder and a great person. Warren has just had the same accident skiing in NYS. He will still be there when you arrive. I believe a positive attitude is going to go a long way with this injury. Warren is from Nantucket where we now live. He knows my daughter, Laura. My children ski raced at Mad River Glen. Keep your spirits up, fondly, Beverly Knapp

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Betsy-Martin Fortin
18 months ago

So glad you have done this for him & his family- thank you and Best of luck to Ryan!

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Bernie Noel Mullally
17 months ago

Soo happy to see him outside!! Looks like and sounds like he is getting the best care!!!! Can't wait to see for myself! Love ya Ry Gy!! ❤

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Travis Kale
18 months ago

Stay strong, Ryan! Just like a dust devil or waterspout! :) I remember a certain informative video telling me that those are pretty strong phenomenom ;) You are in my thoughts, man!

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