Collin McClearn's Road to Recovery
In an instant our worst nightmares can turn into reality. On February 20th, 2017, Collin McClearn, 23 years old and still in the prime years of his life, had his world changed forever when his vehicle was struck by another motorist who disregarded their safety and the safety of others as they blew through a stop sign. This act not only cost themselves the ultimate price of their own lives, but also forever changed the life of Collin and those who love him. Police reports indicated the other driver was travelling in excess of 50mph as they errantly ran the stop sign and collided with the left front side of the truck that Collin was driving. Collin spent the next hour pinned and trapped inside of his vehicle as EMS and Firefighters fought to free him. Once out of the vehicle, Collin was airlifted to a local area hospital where doctors worked feverishly in efforts to repair the damage that had been done. Early indications show that Collin will never be able to walk again and will suffer permanent paraplegia as result of the accident. Collin had portions of his fragmented T12 vertebrae removed from his spinal cord and his back has been surgically repaired with pins, needles and a rod from his T10-L2 vertebrae, which was added for support. In addition, Collin is also suffering from two broken ribs and is in constant and tremendous pain. Collin is a remarkable young man and has an incredible heart and will. There is no doubt that he will fight and get stronger every day, however he knows it will be a long road to recovery and is in need of support. Collin became a first time father in October to a beautiful baby girl, Abigail McClearn, and asked the love of his life, Briana Moyer, to marry him in late December. Their family is only just beginning and is already being asked more out of them than the majority of us will ever have to deal with. Briana traveled to a rehabilitation center in Atlanta, on February 28th, several hours from home, to assist and support Collin in his eight week long rehabilitation. He is learning how to live with the reality of having lost the use of his legs. It may be months, if not years, before Collin is able to get back to work. Briana, having just started a new job, has no accrued time to draw from and may not be able to return as she will be caring for Collin and for Abigail. The money that is raised will give them the chance to keep their family together during this painstaking time. Hopefully Collin’s story will resonate with you, and you are able to donate to help out their family. The money raised will help with the day to day expenses and keep their daughter fed and clothed as well as pay for upcoming medical expenses. If you are unable to provide financial support we hope you share this story and that it helps you tell someone you love and care about them. Hug your loved ones deeper, kiss your love ones longer, and cherish the time that you get to spend with them. The blink of an eye can flip your world upside down, so don’t take any moments for granted, as we don’t truly know how many we have left.
I just wanted to share that in 2008 I witnessed a terrible accident where I assisted in rescuing a victim from a burning vehicle. He was paralyzed on impact from a spinal injury. Drs initially said he would have no use of his arms and legs. God said differently. With allot of prayers this man is a miracle. He is walking, uses his hands, even drives himself without any assistance. I believe God can perform this miracle for you too. I am praying for you and your family. God is good.
As Collin, Briana and Abby begin their journey with a long uphill start. The love and support that you all have shown as been outstanding!! I thank you with all of my heart for ALL OF YOU!! I encourage you all to PLEASE continue to share the GoFundMe information and if all could contribute another $20 donation in the future it would but them over the half way mark! Thanks again and every little bit helps!! Much LOVE!!
I would like to personally thank everyone that donated to help my daughter Briana, Collin and Abigail as they go through this life changing event. They are doing well and getting stronger every day. Collin will be released on April 8 from the Shepherd Center in Atlanta and will be going home where he will continue outpatient physical and occupational therapy. Please keep them in your thoughts and continue to share this page. Our families greatly appreciate everyone's support and thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Praying for your sweet family. I'm so sorry this happened to you and will be praying for healing
This happened to my nephew 3 weeks before his baby was born. Except he was also electrocuted and burned. That was 4 years ago. Although he does not have the use of his legs, he is able to drive any do many other things we take for granted every day. That baby will be such a joy to you and instrumental to your recovery. My prayers are with you and your family!