Right now he feels weighed down. Weighed down with huge medical bills, lost wages, a motorcycle in need of repair, and other unexpected expenses related to the accident. Please give what you can to help lift him up. Every day that Jason goes to work, he helps people get back on their feet and now it's his turn. Together, we can help Jason get back on his feet again!
Jason has been a motorcycle enthusiast since he starting riding on the back of my bike as a kid. He was proud to be able to buy his first bike last year and joined the Brothers Keepers Motorcycle Club - a national, all firefighter motorcycle club - to ride with his comrades.
On January 12th, he was riding home on his motorcycle when the traffic ahead of him came to a screeching halt. As he and the car ahead of him both swerved to avoid those braking in front of them, Jason's foot was caught between the car and his bike. Then he was catapulted over the handlebars and landed facefirst on the pavement, grateful for the full face helmet he was wearing. Thank God he didn't die.
Jason spent over 4 hours in surgery and came out of it with 5 plates and 28 screws to completely reconstruct the front half of his foot. The surgeon said it's one of the worse cases he's seen and he'll be teaching from the x-rays for years.
He was expected to be out of the hospital in a day, but I sat by his side and held his hand through 5 long, excruciatingly painful days.
I got to meet his firefighter and motorcycle buddies as they came to raise Jason's spirits. Seeing their support and camaraderie helped me know he is surrounded by really good people.
For the first 3 weeks, Jason was only allowed up for 30 minutes out of every 24 hours with absolutely no weight bearing on his foot as the wounds from the surgery healed and the bones started to grow back together. He's just now allowed to bear some weight and to begin to engage in the aggressive physical therapy necessary to get him back on his feet.
The estimated recovery time is 4-to-6 months, and with unwavering commitment and diligence on Jason's part, the surgeon believes this will NOT be a career-ending injury. All Jason wants to do is get back to the work he loves so much and to serve his community.
One day Jason told me that every time he walks into a home as a paramedic or fights a fire in someone's house, he looks at each and every person as if they were a member of his family. He's been motivated by honor and service for as long as I can remember, looking for the brotherhood of those who wear a uniform in service and support.
Watching him as he joined the Brothers Keepers Motorcycle Club, the family they are building, the ways they raise money and engage in charitable activities together continues to evidence the powerful heart that Jason has.
This past year I had the priceless experience of having my son walk me down the aisle in his dress blues.
I've always been proud of Jason and the way he has worked through almost insurmountable childhood physical and emotional challenges, school challenges, and family challenges. He has grown into a young man of character and commitment. It will take every ounce of that character and commitment for him to get fully back to being the firefighter he was born to be.
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