My name is Lauren and I am writing this as a representative for the many friends and family of Jon, Emma and little Mary Grace. On the evening of March, 27th, 2020- Jon left for a bike ride like he so often did.
While riding, he was hit from behind by a drunk driver. Jon went over the top of the driver's vehicle and landed in the bed of his truck. Like a horrible scene you would see playing out on TV, the driver did not realize Jon was in the truck bed. Once home, the driver and his girlfriend found Jon and called 911. Once at the hospital they discovered that Jon had a concussion, brain hemorrhaging, broke 2 vertebrae in his neck, damaged multiple tendons in his neck, severely broke two bones in his left arm, broke multiple ribs, broke his tailbone, badly broke his pelvis and broke two bones in his lower right leg. To add even more complication to this horrible accident, due to Covid19--- the hospital could not allow visitors and so his family couldn't be with him.
A MIRACLE ... Jon went through two surgeries to add plates and screws into his arm and pelvis. He spent two weeks navigating the ICU and the hospital in general. As I write this, he is recently home with his parents, Emma & Mary Grace. He navigates pain that I am sure few of us truly understand. His helmet saved his life. Both he and Emma know how truly lucky they are.
The FUTURE... The love and support of family and friends has meant everything to them. Staying positive is not always easy, but I watch them do it daily as each day brings new stages of the slow recovery process. Jon is out of work for the foreseeable future. Emma is out of work while she helps him heal, coordinates his multiple appointments and continue to provide that extra love to sweet Mary Grace. He is bedridden with the exception of wheelchair time for the next 8 weeks.
How Can You HELP?!? As a friend I know I have asked, like so many of you..... "what can I do to help?" Now that they are into the recovery stage, the financial burdens they have on them are growing. This is how we can help them. Any small amount adds up to provide them with a little less worry. The focus for Jon needs to be to heal, both physically and mentally. The focus for Emma, needs to be their family and NOT any financial burdens.
Jon and his positive attitude:
Jon and his Mary Grace:
Jon, Emma & Mary Grace :
- Paige Rubendall
- Joy Putnam
- Ellen Cairns
Organizer and beneficiary