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Emmett Lyman Medical Recovery Fund

$133,672 of $100 goal

Raised by 684 people in 8 months
Created July 11, 2018
Our dear friend Emmett was in a serious accident while on vacation in Alaska at the end of June. Emmett was climbing in Lake Clark National Park when rocks broke loose causing him to fall and sustain serious injuries to his head and neck. Rescuers from the Elmendorf Air Force Base’s 210th, 211th, and 212th squadron worked with Emmett’s partners to execute an impressive rescue and transport to Providence Medical Center in Anchorage.

Emmett was in surgery within minutes of landing in Anchorage. He is recovering there until he is stable enough to be transported. Emmett has a traumatic brain injury and a spinal cord injury at the C6-7 vertebrae. With the support of Sarah, the wonderful Lyman family, and friends, we are confident Emmett will return to the same goofy, happy, and hilarious friend we all love. That said, we are sad to share that Emmett has significant paralysis and his long-term recovery is unknown.

Although Emmett has health and rescue insurance, the estimated out-of-pocket medical expenses and cost of adjustments for mobility could be extremely high. It’s not easy to ask for help, but we want to support Emmett at a time when he can’t support himself. Please help us ease our friend’s financial burden so he can focus on recovery. Whether he’s being the world’s best uncle, volunteering with the AMC, or just cheering up a friend, Emmett is always the one helping others…now we finally have the chance to return the favor!

Whether or not you’re able to make a donation, please consider sharing this fundraiser and a story about how Emmett has been a great friend to you either on the donation page, social media (#thanksemmett), or in an email to emmettlymanrecovery@gmail.com. We’d love to share these stories with Emmett to show him why his community feels lucky to lend him a helping hand.

31226494_1531332717588996_r.jpegEmmett and his sweet parents, Emmett Sr. and Dora. 

31226494_1531332728969495_r.jpegEmmett in Alaska with his amazing partner, Sarah.

31226494_1531332799772280_r.jpegEmmett with his nieces and sister Jessica. These ladies mean the world to Emmett!

31226494_153133287325128_r.jpegEmmett is an incredible athlete and heartfelt outdoors enthusiast. Here he is in his element on a perfect fall day in the Adirondacks.

31226494_1531333029968593_r.jpegThe rescue team and Emmett's partners at Elmendorf Air Force Base. They saved Emmett's life and bravely personified their motto: "These Things We Do, That Others May Live." We're eternally grateful.
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Big-ish news! As of today, I no longer have a hole in my throat from the tracheostomy. However, I do have a fantastic scar! I owe everyone a real update and will get it out soon, but I couldn't wait to share this gem. I've been holding my breath (!) five months for this, and it couldn't feel better.
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(2019.01.16 Update 3/3)

Of course, as you might expect I’m also giving lots of thought to how I can return to my work and once again contribute meaningfully to the society I live in. As many of you know, I work for a great organization (Evolent Health) that is pushing healthcare in the United States in a meaningful and important direction. We are helping health providers around the country to better serve their patient communities, and to work within the challenging frameworks that are changing the nature of healthcare as we know it. It's a subject that is nearer and dearer to my heart than ever before, and I'm excited to say that I've learned an awful lot about the Medicaid program and hope to bring my learnings back to my team. It will of course be a matter of time and focus in order for me to find a way to add value most effectively. But suffice it to say I look forward to working again soon.

Finally, unless you haven't paid attention it's winter now! In years past that would mean I'd be busy ice climbing and exploring the mountains of New Hampshire and beyond. Unfortunately, that path is a little bit closed to me at the moment. However, I'm eager to try my hand at adaptive skiing this season. I'm still a little bit weak in the core, and that's a limitation for adaptive skiing, but I think I'm going to be out on the slopes soon pushing myself to re engage with the mountains. I've also reached out to and hope to begin working with an organization called the High Fives Foundation that supports mountain athletes injured with spinal cord injury. I'm hopeful that we can work together this year and in the future to advance my and other athletes’ recoveries.

Well, that's quite a mouthful and I think I've hit many of the high points for the moment. but I look forward to posting more updates soon, and to keeping you all informed as I continue to push towards recovery. This is a very long road, but I have a great network of people helping me down it. Thank you all so much, you mean the world to me!
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(2019.01.16 Update 2/3)

In addition to this exercise-oriented recovery work, I'm pursuing some very interesting clinical trials with cutting-edge innovations in medical technology. Most important to me is a project at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota that my friend Mary Scallion introduced me to with adipose-derived (fat cell-derived), mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). MSCs are cells that participate in the structural and functional maintenance of connective tissues – they act as mediators during tissue repair, generating bioactive molecules that help in tissue regeneration following an injury. Needless to say, I think there's real promise for helping to accelerate my recovery with this kind of intervention. But the truly exciting part is that Mayo is also doing clinical studies in similar spinal cord-related interventions, and there's a chance that I could be involved in those as well. One such study implants electrical stimulation devices in the spinal cord, and this type of intervention is seeing incredible results already at the University of Louisville and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. Fortunately for me, Mayo has a top researcher in this field and a great new clinical study that they are embarking upon. And they're willing to let folks involved in other studies pursue this one as well to better understand patient outcomes with multi intervention approaches. Likewise, Mayo is pursuing a study on spinal cord scaffolding, a topic that my friend Hugh Herr introduced me to and is really excited about (he's actually looking at this himself, from a pure bionics point of view). And if Hugh thinks this is worthwhile, so do I!

So, to put it mildly, I'm throwing myself at the science here. I've been reading a great deal of the literature around spinal cord injury to ensure that I'm well educated and informed while making decisions around my care. It isn't easy to learn a useful amount about such a broad and deep subject in a short period of time, but I'm really trying to take the bull by the horns. Plus, the extensive travel time I have to Journey Forward twice a week gives me a great opportunity to catch up on reading.
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(2019.01.16 Update 1/3)

Hello to all! I'm finally starting to crawl out from the depths of figuring out the new bits and pieces of my life, and I'm happy to be reporting on my own recovery and giving Alissa the chance to have a little breathing room. It's been a long road to get here, but I'm happy to report the things are going as well as I could possibly expect!

For starters, thanks to everyone for your heartfelt support and kindness during this long period of adjustment. It has meant the absolute world to me to read the kind words that you have left on this website and you've sent me in person. I feel incredibly lucky to have such great family, friends, colleagues, and community. This accident has proved to me just how wonderful my life is. I know you're all interested to hear about my recovery. So here's the latest!

Since the fundraising event back in November, I've been heavily involved with friends and family around the holidays. For Thanksgiving, my family came up to Boston and celebrated with me at home. It was wonderful to have the pitter-patter of little feet in our apartment! I was able to head back to my family's home in Connecticut for Christmas. It was my first time leaving Boston since returning here in August. That was quite an adventure, to say the least, and it was wonderful to be back in the town that I grew up in with my loving family. It also came with its share of adventure, including the time that my wheelchair slipped down an icy ramp and I thought I'd go tumbling head over heels. Fortunately, I remained upright and safe, but a great learning experience nonetheless. I returned home to a nice birthday surprise (thank you Sarah!), and then we had friends over for New Year's. I can't tell you how reassuring it feels to have these basic moments of life operating a way that feels normal.

The recovery process itself continues on track. I spend three days a week in outpatient therapy at Spaulding, as well as a clinical trial that I'm participating in for rowing exercise and its impact on spinal cord injury. I'm also spending two days a week at Journey Forward, where I continue to get stronger and more independent. My hope is to expand the amount of time that I commit to Journey Forward in 2019 so that I can do even more to accelerate my recovery. That organization is proving to be a major foundational piece of my overall path forward.
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