Imagine dedicating 28 years to driving, being one year away from retirement and having one moment change everything.
On May 17, 2018, Cliff Hardin was involved in a horrific tractor trailer accident where he suffered life threatening head and neck injuries, was air lifted to a trauma center, and remains in the ICU. He suffers from a broken neck, broken nose, broken frontal dental ridge, multiple head lacerations, and was paralyzed from the neck down when he was brought to the trauma center. His injuries looked so severe that the first person on the scene could only pray. Doctors say that Cliff will need to spend approximately two years receiving extensive rehabilitation. The closest location for him to receive this rehabilitation is 3 hours away from his home. Since his accident he has began to regain mobility in his legs, however, his arms are still partially immobile leaving him unable to perform simple tasks such as feeding himself.
"You can't keep a good man down" is a cliche used all to often, but those who know Cliff Hardin know that no truer words could be spoken.
Cliff is the epitome of strength and character demonstrating unconditional love and generosity to friends, family and even strangers. A witty man of his word, a man with undeniable integrity, a man who wouldn't think twice about helping someone in need without expecting anything in return...this is the Cliff Hardin we know.
Although his prognosis is uncertain, one thing that can be said with 100% certainty is the inevitable costs surrounding this tragic event.
The road ahead of him might be long, but with the support of friends and family, perhaps he won't have to drive it alone.
- Mark and Heidi Unkrich
- Cyndi Maupin
- Ginny Wagner
Organizer and beneficiary