Medical Expenses for Andy Knepshield

$33,158 of $25k goal

Raised by 335 people in 30 months
Casey Nickole  SEATTLE, WA
On June 8th, our friend Andy Knepshield was pursuing his passion for rock climbing in the Pacific North West. He was climbing with a partner at Little Si in North Bend, Washington on the World Wall. While Andy was climbing an accident occured with the baylaying process and Andy fell over 70 feet. An emergecy search and rescue team rushed Andy to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. 

Andy is currently in surgery to fight internal bleeding. He has multiple broken bones, kidney damage, and is in danger of losing his spleen. More information on his condition will be added as we have it - we know Andy will pull through this, but it will be a very long and painful recovery.

Andy and his amazing wife Emily are going to need all the help we can give them. They are going to need our financial support through Andy’s long recovery and rehab. Andy will be out of work for quite some time - we don't know how long he will be hospitalized, how long he will be in rehab, how long before he will be able to work, or how much all of this is going to cost. As soon as these details are available this page will be updated. Now is the time to offer what you can to this amazing person – every dollar counts. Andy and Emily also need our love, support, and powerful thoughts of recovery and strength.

Please share this with as many people as you can. Andy and Emily are amazing people with roots in Ohio, Brooklyn, Nashville, Seattle and beyond. Friends and family from coast to coast, do what you can to help. We know Andy would be too humble to ask directly for this much needed support, and we know he will be eternally grateful for all the care and generosity sent his way.

Thank you! 
Casey Nickole 

News report from Andy's fall
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Update 9
Posted by Casey Nickole
26 months ago
Hello all!
It is with gratitude and relief to say that this will be my last update. First off, thank you all for donating and well-wishing on this crazy trip I've been on. My doctor appointment last week went very well. All of the braces came off and they told me to check up in 3 months. They even said I can ride my bike again...after shattering my pelvis! It's a bit unbelievable how well I'm doing but I'll easily accept it. I haven't returned to work, yet, and it's up to the lawyers to decide on when but thanks to you're generosity, the time off has been appreciated instead of stressed. Thank you again and know that I love you all.

-ANDY
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Update 8
Posted by Casey Nickole
27 months ago
Hello all,
I was going to wait until my next visit with the spinal doctor next week to update, but people have been asking how I am. One big reason why I haven't updated is because Emily and I moved into a new apartment last week. Or I should say, I got in the way of a bunch of great friends trying to move our stuff into a new place. The place is great and it has been really nice to have more space while I'm healing. My last visit to the doctor wasn't what I expected. I had hoped to get my ankle boot off, but instead they told me to wear it for another two weeks and still might have to get surgery. At this point two weeks isn't that big of a deal but the thought of another surgery and not using both of my legs to walk is pretty terrible. The appointment for my neck brace is on the 15th and hopefully they tell me I can take it off and begin physical therapy, but I'll cross that bridge when I get to it.
Thank you all again for your generous contributions. Emily and I cannot give enough thanks. This healing process has been extremely difficult but much less stressful thanks to you all.
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Update 7
Posted by Casey Nickole
29 months ago
Hello all!
Just to give an update, I am now home with no tubes eating everything I can. I still have a neck brace and wheelchair but hopefully those won't last long. I've been surprising doctors thus far and been ahead of their schedule so let's hope it keeps going. Thank you all again for your donations. It means more than you know to Emily and I.

-ANDY
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Update 6
Posted by Casey Nickole
30 months ago
From Emily:
Well, it has officially been ten days since Andy's accident. It seems like a lifetime ago. The waves of emotions I endure at times seems unbearable. My positive mental attitude has remained strong though repeating to myself that my husband is alive!
So the run down of Andy's injuries are mild traumatic brain injury, broken neck, 6 broken ribs, collapsed lung (now pneumonia), splenectomy due to internal bleeding, broken sacrum pelvis bone and lots of abrasions and contusions. We have a long road to recovery but, again we are together!
I want to thank everyone who donated, sent love and positive thoughts, anyone who passed this info on to others, texts, emails, phone calls. This experience has been life changing for me as well as it will continue to be for both of us. The outpouring love that has been shown for Andy is beautiful, refreshing, humbling, and inspiring.
When he is feeling better I am certain he will want to reach out to each and everyone of you. As for now I can tell by the expression on his face that it is overwhelming how kind and generous all of you have been.
There are a few people that I really want to extend a special thank you to;
Heather Chilcote, the doctor who was climbing near Andy's accident scene. Whom I believe played a MAJOR role in saving his life.
The King County SAR team for busting their asses to get Andy out of there and into an ambulance in under an hour! You guys are amazing!
The entire medical team at Harborview!
Casey Nickole and Jen May for having the idea to start this fund, we would be fucked without you two!

Once again, THANK YOU from the bottoms of our hearts to our coast to coast family who has been beyond supportive. Love y'all!

xoxo
Emily
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William Wood
30 months ago

We will be getting some shirts printed up for Andy and his family. Please get in contact with me if you are interested in getting one. Willxwood@gmail.com

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Linda Bolton
30 months ago

My words cannot express what my heart feels right now. I thank everyone so much for the support of my daughter Emily and my son in law Andy.

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Joan Allen
30 months ago

To Brian Bain of the SAR team-Thank you for your care and support of Andy at Little Si. I have a new perspective and admiration for the term "search and rescue"! To all the others on this site- You are breaking open my heart with all the love you are sending Andy and Emily! A Grateful Mom

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Charles Knepshield
30 months ago

From my heart, thank you for the support for my son, my beatiful son.

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$33,158 of $25k goal

Raised by 335 people in 30 months
Created June 09, 2014
$25
Anonymous
27 months ago
LR
$200
Laurie Rosemeyer
28 months ago

Dear Andy, I play poker with your wonderful mom in Florida. Be well soon, Laurie Olson

$200
Anonymous
28 months ago
SD
$30
Sarah Doucette
29 months ago

Well wishes, Andy and Emily, from a Mom and friend of climbers. Wonderful to see your beautiful community rallying for you.

SM
$25
Susan McMaster
29 months ago

I believe in fairies and miracles!

CE
$50
Craig Edwards
29 months ago

As friends of Joani and Fred, we want to help! Sally and Craig

ZM
$100
Zach Melampy
29 months ago

Get better man.

ML
$100
Mike & Priscilla Lane
29 months ago

Use all your strength to fight off frustration if your recovery doesn't go as fast as you want. This is your new mountain to climb--we know you'll get to the TOP.

CU
$100
Christie Ulman
29 months ago

Glad you're onto the next step!

CH
$20
Craig Hoffmann
29 months ago
William Wood
30 months ago

We will be getting some shirts printed up for Andy and his family. Please get in contact with me if you are interested in getting one. Willxwood@gmail.com

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Linda Bolton
30 months ago

My words cannot express what my heart feels right now. I thank everyone so much for the support of my daughter Emily and my son in law Andy.

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Joan Allen
30 months ago

To Brian Bain of the SAR team-Thank you for your care and support of Andy at Little Si. I have a new perspective and admiration for the term "search and rescue"! To all the others on this site- You are breaking open my heart with all the love you are sending Andy and Emily! A Grateful Mom

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Charles Knepshield
30 months ago

From my heart, thank you for the support for my son, my beatiful son.

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