Louis Cutillo

My name is Jodi Bergman and I live next door to the Cutillo family.  I have known them for almost 23 years and feel lucky to have them as neighbors.  Due to the friendship we have developed over the years I am reaching out because I don’t know what else I can do to help them through their current situation.

On September 13, 2020, while Louis and Renaé were vacationing in Myrtle Beach, SC, Louis was enjoying some time in the ocean when he was knocked down by a wave, hit his head on the sand and then another wave rolled him and slammed him on his back. Immediately after the incident Louis was still able to talk and move his hands but he was rushed to the hospital where this traumatic experience left him in an induced coma with severe spine and neck injuries as well as a broken hip.  After 4 surgeries he is now back home in PA, out of the induced coma and at Kindred, an acute care facility in Havertown.  It is not yet known how much he will recover but he has not been aware or coherent since immediately after the accident, he is not able to breathe without the aid of a ventilator and he is paralyzed from the chest down.  While Louis is covered by Medicare, the medivac flight home was not, leaving Renaé to pay $14,000 out-of-pocket.  Any additional money raised would go towards building a wheelchair ramp into their house, creating a bedroom for Louis on the first floor, purchasing a wheelchair accessible vehicle and future medical expenses not covered by Medicare.  Louis is facing, at minimum, a month in acute care and then 1-2 years in a rehab center.

Below is what their daughter, Rhea, sent out to friends and family 2 days after the accident:

      There is much to be healed in the world and in ourselves during these times. I             know, but I ask you to consider my father, Louis John Cutillo. He is the most               humble, most gracious, most optimistic and most forgiving person I know.                  They say little girls always think of their dads as heroes but then grow out of it.         I never have. He is the strongest, kindest, and smartest man that has been my           rock for 33 years. I would not be so bold without him, I would not have the                 immense capacity to trust without him. I would not be the person I am today             without him. We have a small family. He means the world to my mother and I.

       We need you.

These last six months during COVID-19 have been trying on everybody, not just from a financial standpoint but mentally and emotionally as well.  I cannot imagine what Rhea and Renaé are going through and I am helping them in any way that I am able.  Donations of any size would be  greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your time and consideration.


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Jodi Bergman 
Collegeville, PA
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