David Knowlton Fund
On July 4, 2016, at approximately 6:13 am, Dad was struck from behind by a car near his home while on his routine, morning walk. For the past year and a half, he has walked 5 miles around his home in an effort to maintain his health through his battle with Multiple Sclerosis (National MS Society ). Dad has been medically retired from his passion of carpentry for a matter of years now. Seth (son) and Kayla (daughter), as well as his closest relatives - WE are all asking for your help.
Shortly after this hit-and-run incident, he was trasnsported to Banner University Medical Center in Tucson, AZ where he was immediately admitted into a 7-hour surgery. Dad suffered from multiple, severe injuries to his spine. He had fractures to his C2 and a complete break to his T4 vertebrae, a broken right clavicle and fractured right scapula (Information about spinal injuries ). Dad also suffered from severe chest trauma including broken ribs that required chest tubes bilaterally (Information about this procedure ). As a result of the impact and surgery, his T2-T7 (thoracic area of the back) vertabrae are now fused together by an abundance of hardware. At this point, aside from small, retractive movements from hard pressure on the nailbed of his toe(s), there is no sensation in the lower half of his body. Among other complications at present, we are staying focused on his breathing so that he is able to verbally speak with us.
Donations provided to Dad will go towards significant bills and expenses that most of us would expect to deal with through these circumstances as well as everyday obligations; Medical bills, insurance and rent being some of our major concerns in the present. Right now our primary focus is helping Dad survive by being by his side during this difficult time. However, there will be a financial burden in the inevitable future, and as funds are accrued, they will be used towards bills as they arrive - medical and personal.
Your help would be humbly and greatly appreciated because WE LOVE OUR FATHER. Dad has three beautiful, young grandkids and can expect more in the future. Dad also has a 12 week old schnauzer puppy that he adores. Luckily, she was not walking with him at the time and is safe with the family.
Our gratitude for any amount of support can not be expressed adequately enough through any form of thank you. Your generosity will support his ability to live his life to its fullest potential. This was the last thing we ever expected to experience on the 4th of July. Your consideration and kindness is sincerely appreciated.
This Friday, February 3rd at 3:00 pm.
Desert Foothills Baptist Church
10655 N. Shannon Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742
If you are unable to attend, but wish to send your condolences - flowers, cards, etc. - you are welcome send your offerings to the church, ATTN: Seth Knowlton.
Services in Milford, NH are still TBD. The tentative date is Feb 25th, 2017.
Thank you for your love.
Seth and Kayla
This will be our last update on the GoFundMe account. Dad has passed away this morning. He left us peacefully and is clearly no longer in pain. As unreal as it all seems, we believe he is in a better place - no suffering.
Our biggest and most sincere gratitude goes out to everyone that we have reached through this campaign. Your support in Dad's fight to live has been extremely humbling.
Seth Knowlton and Kayla Jacks (Knowlton)
Today Dad has made the decision to find comfort in hospice. The bed wound that he has been fighting has dominated his body, and through his own will has found solace through his son and daughter. He has accepted his journey up to this point and beyond.
As we go through this terribly difficult time, we ask that he remain in your thoughts and prayers; please wish peace upon him and, if you were so lucky to have had him in your life, recall his most impressive moments. Thank you to everyone that has supported us and most especially Dad every step of the way. We are grateful for every single one of you.
As of today we are getting mixed information on Dad's situation. We have been battling the bed wound for months now and his current white blood cell count is high. There is strong reason to believe there is a stubborn infection persisting in his body. Seth and his family have been working around the clock to fight Dad's onset of mental and physical woes and Kayla is making her way out to Tucson to be of some help if only for a few days. The pressure, unfortunately, seems to be building.
Please remind yourself of the people you love and what they truly mean to you. Life is hard.
We're looking for our classmate from Avon High School in CT. Did your Dad, David Knowlton attend school there?
I can find no words to describe ... my sincerest sympathies to the family. Please find solace in remembering the happy times and in the fact that he knew he was truly loved by the care and love you all gave.
Our deepest sympathy to the entire Knowlton family. ❤️
I'm so very sorry for your loss and will keep you in my heart. He sure put up a battle. Thank you, Kayla, for the updates. RIP David.
Praying for all of you.
My brother David is working hard to regain strength in his upper body. He is making progress and is currently inpatient at Barrow Rehabilitation Center in Pheonix. The plan is for him to discharge on Oct. 18th. He will be transferred back to Tucson where he will enter a small private home like residential center to live. His family lives nearby so this is the optimum choice for David. His journey to wellness continues. He is an amazingly strong-willed man and is loved by many.
Good luck with the next recovery phase.
Thank you Kayla for these wonderful updates. Dave's progress is amazing! Once his 'sassy personality ' can speak well, uncle Ed would love to call him. Then you will hear some 'sassy'.
8/9/16 I flew in yesterday for a second visit with David and his family. I feel blessed to be able to be here. His journey of healing continues......On behalf of David I thank everyone who has contributed to his fund and for all of the warm wishes from his new found friends in Tucson. Most importantly thank you to all for the support bestowed upon his children and grandchildren. David would be grateful if he knew the extent of the love and generosity from so many people; some of whom he does not know. His sisters and brothers appreciate the overwhelming support from his friends, cousins and aquaintances. All who know David understand the fighting spirit and determination he possesses. We stand behind him with loving memories of all that he has meant in our lives. With warm regards, Linda Knowlton McDonald Linda Knowlton McDonald.