Support Britten's Race to Recovery

$106,351 of $150k goal

Raised by 1,436 people in 23 days
Nancy Quesenberry
on behalf of Samantha Olinger
 BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC






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.
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Update 15
Posted by Nancy Quesenberry
22 hours ago
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Today is the day we've been praying for - Britten is currently being transported to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, GA. Sam and Kolbie are on the way to their new "temporary home" while Britten is in rehab. Please pray for safe travels for this little family.

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.
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Update 14
Posted by Nancy Quesenberry
7 days ago
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Update from Samantha from yesterday (sorry I am a day behind): Britten is doing really good. He had a slight fever yesterday. They are putting him on another round of antibiotics to keep any infection at bay. He is on oral pain medication now, so he has become more lucid and is starting to understand slowly what is going on. I am becoming better at lip reading to understand what Britten is saying, it's harder than I thought. Today is mainly a resting day again to keep him getting stronger. I have been talking with his doctors about when we will be transferred down to Shepherds in Atlanta - we are just waiting on the all clear from his doctors, then we should be heading down to rehab soon.

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
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Update 13
Posted by Nancy Quesenberry
10 days ago
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Update from Samantha: "Britten has had a really good weekend. We met with the Physical and Occupational Therapist. On Saturday, they were able to get him sitting up in the bed (with assistance) for about 5 minutes. Yesterday, they moved him to sit in the recliner in his room for about an hour. Today, they not only worked on moving his arms and legs and sitting up in the recliner, but also switched him to sitting in the high back wheelchair.

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
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Update 12
Posted by Nancy Quesenberry
12 days ago
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Hello everyone,

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.

-Sam
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Carissa Tucker Scott
22 days ago

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.

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Karen Struble
21 days ago
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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.

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Jean Leatherman
21 days ago
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Thank you for the update on Britten. And that he can begin to get some other medical treatments attended too. Keeping the prayers going. Will also put in a prayer request at my church.

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Timothy Beaucage
22 days ago
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Thank you for the updates. It is great to hear that the night went well. One step at a time. Much love and light.

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James Stan Kola
23 days ago
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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.

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Susanne Hincher
20 days ago
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So glad to hear the great news of his progress. I pray that he continues with this progress. My son Rylan Hincher is one of Coach's athletes and he thinks the world of him.

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Kristine Kruta
21 days ago
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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

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Kristin Joy Langdon
22 days ago
4
4

You are in our family's thoughts and prayers. Coach O means a great deal to my son, Jeb and to all of us as we know God lead him to such incredible coaches. Love & prayers.

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Sherry L Simpson
22 days ago
4
4

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.

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Jean Leatherman
22 days ago
4
4

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.

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Brenda Smith Nance
22 days ago
4
4

I do not know this young man and his family but my heart goes out to them. Please know that all of you will be in my prayers. God is good and does have a plan for Britten.

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Susan Bluttman
22 days ago
4
4

Sam -- Thinking of you and Britten, and baby Kolbie. I loved having you as my neighbors on Turtle Creek Drive. If there is anything I can help you with in terms of logistics, dogs, etc, please let me know. Best from Susan and Sadie.

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Kristi McAllister
23 days ago
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Nancy, my heart breaks for you. I've made a donation and my former husband is matching it. I know how much Britten is loved and I'm praying for all of you. Keep those updates coming. Love you dearly!

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Julia Ann Shelton
23 days ago
4
4

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.

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Krysta Denzer
20 days ago
3
3

I've asked my family and church in south Alabama to pray for Britten...You are in our thoughts and prayers.

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Brian Simpson
20 days ago
3
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Great news!!! Keep fighting Britten!!!! God will see you through this!!!

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Judy Anderson
19 days ago
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Bring Him Home~Josh Groban--- Blessings~ xoxo jude

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Nicole Armstrong
19 days ago
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2

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.

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Tameka Fitzgerald Burroughs
10 days ago
1
1

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

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Brian Simpson
10 days ago
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Praise God!!!! Glad to hear about his continued improvement. #brittenstrong

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Carissa Tucker Scott
22 days ago

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.

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Karen Struble
21 days ago
7
7

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.

+ Read More
Jean Leatherman
21 days ago
5
5

Thank you for the update on Britten. And that he can begin to get some other medical treatments attended too. Keeping the prayers going. Will also put in a prayer request at my church.

+ Read More
Timothy Beaucage
22 days ago
5
5

Thank you for the updates. It is great to hear that the night went well. One step at a time. Much love and light.

+ Read More
James Stan Kola
23 days ago
5
5

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.

+ Read More
Susanne Hincher
20 days ago
4
4

So glad to hear the great news of his progress. I pray that he continues with this progress. My son Rylan Hincher is one of Coach's athletes and he thinks the world of him.

+ Read More
Kristine Kruta
21 days ago
4
4

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

+ Read More
Kristin Joy Langdon
22 days ago
4
4

You are in our family's thoughts and prayers. Coach O means a great deal to my son, Jeb and to all of us as we know God lead him to such incredible coaches. Love & prayers.

+ Read More
Sherry L Simpson
22 days ago
4
4

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.

+ Read More
Jean Leatherman
22 days ago
4
4

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.

+ Read More
Brenda Smith Nance
22 days ago
4
4

I do not know this young man and his family but my heart goes out to them. Please know that all of you will be in my prayers. God is good and does have a plan for Britten.

+ Read More
Susan Bluttman
22 days ago
4
4

Sam -- Thinking of you and Britten, and baby Kolbie. I loved having you as my neighbors on Turtle Creek Drive. If there is anything I can help you with in terms of logistics, dogs, etc, please let me know. Best from Susan and Sadie.

+ Read More
Kristi McAllister
23 days ago
4
4

Nancy, my heart breaks for you. I've made a donation and my former husband is matching it. I know how much Britten is loved and I'm praying for all of you. Keep those updates coming. Love you dearly!

+ Read More
Julia Ann Shelton
23 days ago
4
4

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.

+ Read More
Krysta Denzer
20 days ago
3
3

I've asked my family and church in south Alabama to pray for Britten...You are in our thoughts and prayers.

+ Read More
Brian Simpson
20 days ago
3
3

Great news!!! Keep fighting Britten!!!! God will see you through this!!!

+ Read More
Judy Anderson
19 days ago
2
2

Bring Him Home~Josh Groban--- Blessings~ xoxo jude

+ Read More
Nicole Armstrong
19 days ago
2
2

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.

+ Read More
Tameka Fitzgerald Burroughs
10 days ago
1
1

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

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Brian Simpson
10 days ago
1
1

Praise God!!!! Glad to hear about his continued improvement. #brittenstrong

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