Support Britten's Race to Recovery
On February 27, 2017 around 7:00pm, my brother, Britten Olinger, was in a terrible car accident. He was hit by an erratic driver in Black Mountain, NC. Britten is currently in ICU at Mission Hospital Trauma Center in Asheville, NC.
He severed his spinal cord at the C7/T1 vertebrae. He has fractures in his pelvis/lower back, he has a broken left arm, he has traumatic injury to his lungs, and he has a small brain bleed. He is currently sedated on a paralytic.
My brother will never walk again. Britten has spent the last 10 years teaching athletes how to run. He has been a track and cross country coach for all of his adult life. He is currently coaching track at Montreat College in Black Mountain, NC.
To say that my brother loves to run is an understatement. He has studied the art of running, he has mastered the technique, and he has supported numerous athletes in his coaching career. We have faith that God has a plan; there is a reason and Britten has the will.
He is an inspiration to so many people. He is a true servant to God. His smile, oh man, his smile! His smile can light up the room and his laugh is contagious. He has the ability to make you feel important and he has the ability to make you feel needed.
Britten's recovery will take over a year, and he will spend a considerable amount of time in ICU. To say he has a long road to recovery is an understatement; however, he has all the training to win the race.
Did I mention he has a 10 month old baby girl? His daughter Kolbie is his whole world! Britten is married to Samantha Olinger of Virginia Beach, VA. They have a precious family of 3 dogs and a sweet baby girl.
We are asking for your help. Please consider donating to help Britten win the race! He has been training his whole life, and God has placed the toughest road in front of him. I have complete faith my brother is strong enough, because he is #brittenstrong.
The money will be used to support his wife, Samantha, and baby girl, Kolbie. It will be used to cover surgical costs, hospital bills, and travel expenses. The money will also be used to accommodate the requirements Britten will need with his injuries.
Britten will spend time in ICU at the Shepherd Center, but they will begin physical therapy immediately. The road will not be easy, but he has the BEST support!
Thank you for all of your support and prayers. We would not be where we are today without your help. Please continue to hold Britten in your thoughts.
Thank you again for all your continued prayers and thoughts coming our way.
-Sam and Kolbie
You can also keep up with updates on Facebook at www.facebook.com/groups/brittenstrong
He has made some great strides forward this week! They have been doing trial-runs of having him off of the ventilator since he is barely using it. Today, they are going to try to keep him in what is called a "trach-collar" and off the ventilator for most of the day. They were able to wean him off of the IV pain medications over the weekend, and Britten is now on oral medication... this means over the next few days he will become more coherent and less foggy. Please pray as we transition to helping Britten understand his accident.
All in all, he has made some great strides forward! We still have a long road ahead of us but these improvements give us more and more hope. Thank you for being patient as it sometimes takes a few days to get updates on here. Thank you for your continued support, thoughts, and prayers - they have all been working!" -Samantha
Today has been another great day for Britten. He continues to get stronger everyday and continues to amaze everyone here. It is amazing what your body can do when you are young and in great shape!
Today the trauma doctor gave the okay to let Britten strengthen his lungs by taking him off the respirator and letting him breathe on his own for about 30 minutes. While this was going on the physical therapist came in and had him sitting up in bed with assistance.
This is big news for us! It let's us know he is moving in the right direction, that he is able to maintain his blood pressure while sitting, and that his lungs continue to get stronger everyday. These are small steps but in the right direction for his recovery.
Thank you everyone for the continued support and prayers they are working.
I love you handsome man, keep getting stronger.
Our son and us met with Coach O on a recruit visit Monday afternoon, apparently just hours before this tragic accident. Very saddened to hear this news. We loved meeting him and talking with him about Track and Field opportunities and about his vision for the program at Montreat. We are praying for his healing and recovery, and our hearts go out to his family.
Dear Olinger Family and Montreat Family, We just want you to know that the Strubles are lifting you up to the Lord. We are so very, very saddened by the news of this tragedy, and we look forward to following Britten's progress towards recovery. May the God of All Comfort hold you close.
Though I don't know Britten directly, I do know that he is a long time friend of Lauralee and Ingrid...both of whom are exceptionally wonderful ladies with hearts of gold. As a fellow parent, my heart goes out to him and his family in this difficult time. The road ahead will likely be tough, but with love and support everything is possible. Good luck, and Godspeed in your recovery.
Nancy, thank you for the updates. My heart is full knowing he rested through the night and had a positive chest x-ray. I will keep praying and sending energy to the family. It was so wonderful to see these photos of Sam smiling so thank you for sharing those as well. Love love love love
My prayers go out to Britten and his family. I am a physical therapist at a trauma center in Charlotte and I see patients with these types of injuries often. So thankful that you have the support of family, friends, and the Montreat community. May God be with you, strengthen, and uphold you during this time of recovery.
My heart goes out to this family. I do not know them personally however, will continue to keep you them close in thoughts, prayers each day. For mercies, strength needed for Samantha and Kolbie. For the medical team at Mission Hospital who are attending to Britten's medical needs.
I will make a donation by the end of the week when we check is deposited. What a tragedy. My only question or comment is are there plans for the remainder of their expenses. Hopefully their will be funds from the person who caused his injuries and his own employer insurance. Do not hesitate to ask for additional help. May God bless him and your family.
Thank you for continuing to post updates about Britten's progress. I do not know your family but read about his accident purely by chance as I was doing some research on the Black Mountain area. This story has weighed heavily on my mind and please know that you are all being kept in my prayers for his full recovery. I made a small donation and hope that you continue to receive the emotional and financial support you need.
My prayers are with Britten and his family. I trust and believe God is able and know He is a healer. I truly appreciate Britten and his gifts as a coach. He trained me to compete as an athlete for USA TF Master's level meets. He helped revive a passion and love that I had for track that I was able to share with my family as a wife and mother. My heart truly goes out to The Olinger family, our trust is in The Lord! Proverbs 3:5-6