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Help Brandon Malman get back out there

$49,212 of $60,000 goal

Raised by 370 people in 5 months
Created January 31, 2019
Fundraising Team
on behalf of Brandon Malman
Our good friend Brandon was in a tragic avalanche accident in the mountains of Montana.  He has sustained serious injuries to both his legs.  He is still in Billings undergoing surgeries and treatment.  He will need medevac to get back to Utah. He is facing many months of surgery, rehabilitation, and healing. 
As you all know, he is the last person to ask for help, and will probably be pissed at me for doing this.  Sadly, I know that he's going to face daunting medical bills in addition to the painful physical recovery.
We're starting this campaign to help offset all these costs.   If we end up with extra, we will donate it to a charity of Brandon's choice.

For those of you who might not know all the details, here is a link to a news article about the accident.
https://www.parkrecord.com/news/summit-county/park-city-man-survives-deadly-montana-avalanche/

Love, Peace, Kindness, and Gratitude to you all.
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Hello, everyone! I want to start off by telling you that my heart is so full, it makes it hard for me to breathe. The outpouring of love, support, and concern I’ve received from you all is astonishing, and I am truly humbled. I’ve looked at every single donor and discovered I’ve received donations toward my medical expenses not just from friends and family, but from friends of friends, complete strangers, and even from people who chose to remain anonymous. Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that I would receive such an overwhelming response in a time of need.

My major injuries included a shattered left tibia and fibula, 3 of 4 ligaments torn in my right knee, and a fractured orbital beneath my left eye. I spent 7 nights at St. Vincent Hospital in Billings, Montana, and 15 nights at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City; 22 nights total. I had 4 surgeries. While my gut instinct from day 1 was to choose a below the knee amputation of my left leg, I did my due diligence at the urging of some of my doctors, and actually changed my mind and decided to try to save the leg. Following the first salvage surgery, they found massive damage to the soft tissue surrounding the fractured bones, and would have had to remove a significant portion of one of my thighs to save the leg. I was not guaranteed to be happy with the results. After speaking to an amputee in person, hearing his story, and being given the opportunity to thoroughly examine his prosthesis, I knew I had been right all along about wanting an amputation, so I embraced that decision with all my heart and soul. It felt like a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders, and with it all fear and anxiety about the procedure and my future.

The medical talent in the hospitals is astounding, but there is no rest, peace, or sleep to be had there day or night, which makes it hard to recover and get better. I’m elated to finally be home! My spirits have been high, my pain is under control, and I’m sleeping and functioning well. I’m feeling stronger and more capable every day, and my friends continue to visit and help me. I feel extremely positive about my decision to amputate, and the 5 weeks I must wait before I can start the process of being fitted for my prosthetic feels like an eternity. I’m not the most patient person, and I don’t like sitting around, so my current situation is my biggest challenge.

This experience has changed me as a person and given me a different perspective on life. The avalanche was terrifying, and my outcome could have been much worse. The loss of my leg seems like a minor inconvenience and will never affect my positive attitude and zeal for life and enjoying the outdoors. I do not now, and never will consider myself disabled. I’m excited to purposefully donate my time to the National Ability Center here in Park City, where I can use my experience to help others affected by the loss of a limb learn to enjoy sports and activities in our beautiful mountain setting.

I’m so very grateful for everything I have, for the love of friends and family, and for the ability to turn the sourest lemons into the sweetest lemonade. Thank you, Jeff Dickey for starting this campaign to save me from financial ruin. Thank you, Kellie Hatcher for being the most incredible partner a man could possibly hope for. And thank you, everyone, from the bottom of my heart.

Love,
Brandon
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Brandon had his left leg amputated below the knee yesterday. I spoke to him afterwards, and he was unbelievably happy about his decision.
Ever since the accident, he has been in limbo over whether to keep or remove the leg. His gut feeling was to amputate, but didn't want to rush into such a monumental decision. After a few surgeries, he and his doctors determined that this was the best course. He is glad to have that decision behind him.
He has spoken to a number of people who have gone through the same situation. They shared their experiences with modern prosthetics, and he is certain that he will still be able do all the activities that he loves.
He can now focus on recovery, and begin working towards getting back out there. A few more days at the hospital, then he'll move to a rehabilitation facility. He's already talking about what to do over spring break, and keeping his fingers crossed that someone in our crew pulls some river permits this summer.
Thanks to everyone who continues to support this amazing dude.
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Broke 40,000! Thanks for the continuing support!
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The local Park City paper has published an article about Brandon and the accident. Here is the link to it.
https://www.parkrecord.com/news/summit-county/park-city-man-survives-deadly-montana-avalanche/
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$49,212 of $60,000 goal

Raised by 370 people in 5 months
Created January 31, 2019
Fundraising Team
on behalf of Brandon Malman
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