Our Fighting Irish

Dear Friends, Family & everyone,

As many of you know, our Dad was rushed to the hospital on the morning of Saturday, September 12, 2015. The pain that started out as an excruciating headache from a fall in the bedroom escalated into a critical condition that required emergency brain surgery in order to stop the hemorrhaging in his brain. They removed a piece of his skull to allow the swelling to continue. 

Our Dad was in a coma for a month, and when he woke up, he went through three more brain surgeries. After his second surgery, he was diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis--a rare disease characterized by severe swelling in the spinal cord. Slowly but surely, through multiple treatments and from the love & support from family and friends, the Transverse Myelitis symptoms were mostly eradicated. He is currently classified as a paraplegic; he has very weak muscle control in his arms and has no muscle control in his legs. Doctors are optimistic that he will regain muscle control in his legs if he goes through extended stays in rehabilitation. This is why we need your help.

Insurance will cover 100 days of rehabilitation & 16 days of in-home care. Outside of that, it is all out-of-pocket. It costs $12,000/month for rehabilitation and $18,000/month for in-home care.  

Disability insurance is helpful but it's not enough right now. We plan to sell the house in order to cover his future care. It's worth it for our dad. We would rather sell the house, burn through all of his savings, and have to support our parents for years if it meant we could just get him back--but it's not that simple. 

Our Dad worked so hard to build a good life and was able to experience everything he dreamed of until this point. He has a loving, dedicated wife, two kids with bachelor's degrees, and one waiting to go to college. He's supported each and every one of us through the good and bad. He was the rock of the family when our Mom had breast cancer. In his career, he had the reputation of working harder than almost anyone else - but right now, he isn't able to do anything more than face one day of physical therapy at a time.

We have been praying for a miracle to happen, but the truth is that he needs enough rehab and physical therapy for that miracle to happen. He's been fighting every step of the way and we firmly believe that if he gets the care he needs, he will walk again and will have a full life ahead of him. 

Please help our family in this extremely difficult time. Help our dad get the care he needs so that he can walk again. We thank you all so much for your love and support!


Aurora, Kinnaird & Maria McQuade

P.S. The Care Page for our Dad is below, with updates starting from September 12, 2015. It is free to sign up for a CarePage account. With this site, you can keep track of our Dad's progress throughout his recovery process. 


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Aurora McQuade 
Great Falls, VA
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