Timmy,Lewis,Luca need your help!

On Thursday, June 30, five recent graduates from Bishop Chatard High School in Indianapolis were driving home from a summer construction job and were involved in a terrible automobile accident. The boys had been working on a construction site out of town during the summer to make money for college, a job that required them to be on the road and working at extremely early hours. Tragically, this accident has dramatically altered their lives.

 Two of the boys, Douglas Hirschfeld and Patrick Brogan, were released from the hospital and, while their physical injuries have been treated, they will face emotional trauma from the accident for a long, long time. We ask that anyone reading this keep both of these young men in their prayers as they rebuild emotionally from such a traumatic event. The other three young men have remained in the hospital since the accident.

 Timmy Brogran (Patrick’s twin brother), Lewis Dilts (pictured on the homepage) and Luca Ruby continue to fight for their recovery at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Altogether the three have endured dozens of hours of surgery, have received more than 100 units of blood, and their injuries are too numerous to list completely. All three had their spleens removed. Two of the three had issues with their lungs. Two of the boys had shattered pelvises and fractured vertebrae. Between the three there were multiple compound fractures to their legs, broken arms, broken ribs, fractured vertebrae, damaged bladders and a great deal of internal bleeding.


As of now, Luca Ruby has been removed from the ICU and is improving. The other two, Lewis and Timmy, are both still in critical condition, and have had surgeries lasting more than 5 hours on multiple days. They are both on continuous dialysis, are fighting infection, continue to be on ventilators and are fighting hard to improve.


All of these young men had extremely bright futures. Two of them, Lewis and Luca, had plans to play collegiate athletics, and all of them were heading out to make a difference in the world. While it is a miracle and a blessing that they are all still with us, their road to recovery is still very long and painful and they need all the support and prayers they can get.


The other thing these families need is financial assistance. Their parents are taking time away from work to be with them at the hospital and will need to continue to do so as the boys continue their recovery. The costs of the extensive surgeries and life-saving measures – not to mention the long-term costs of rehabilitation – will be staggering for all of the families involved.


Many people throughout our community and beyond have asked how they can help and for those who wish to support these families financially, we have set up this Go Fund Me account. Rather than set up four separate accounts, we have established this one account for ease of use. A panel of four close friends of the families involved is administrating this account. The funds raised will go directly to the families involved to help in the boys’ continued recovery and care.


If you feel so inclined, please consider making a donation to the families of Timmy Brogan, Lewis Dilts and Luca Ruby. And please continue to pray hard for their recovery and for healing and for peace for all five of these young men and their families.
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Organizer and beneficiary

Dale L. Speckman 
Indianapolis, IN
Scott Ruby 
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