Cary Hand's Medical Fund

On the evening of Saturday, May 20th 2017, Cary Hand suffered 2 rare artery of Percheron strokes.
He has a loving wife, Renee, and 3 young children the ages 14, 12, & 4. His family is in great need of prayers and help at this time.

The artery of Percheron is a rare anatomy variation in the brain vascular structure. The posterior cerebral artery splits into 2 separate trunks and supplies blood to both sides of the brain, primarily the thalamus and midbrain.
The functions of the thalamus and midbrain include the regulation of consciousness, sleep, and alertness. A blockage of the artery of Percheron by a blood clot results in 2 separate strokes. This can produce a bizarre disturbance from which the patient cannot be awakened. This is the current state Cary is in...

Cary's medical team has concluded that the blood clot originated in his groin and it went to his heart. Cary unknowingly has a congenital defect in his heart called a patent foramen oval (PFO), or a hole in the heart. As many as 20 % of Americans have a PFO. Many of these people, however, don't know it; Cary did not know he had this condition. The blood clot continued through the hole in his heart and then went up into his brain stem causing the 2 Percheron strokes.

We are constantly praying for Cary’s recovery. Regardless, his recovery is going to be a long road of rehabilitation…

Please help support his family, and his wonderful medical team!

With the realities of Cary's healthcare & medical bills, we are asking for any monetary help you would be able to provide for Cary, Renee, and their family. Many thanks in advance...

- Rebecca Szczepanski (Cary's Sister-in-Law)

For an update on Cary's progress, please consult our CaringBridge Account:


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Organizer and beneficiary

Rebecca Szczepanski 
Traverse City, MI
Cary Hand 
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