The long-term effects of the trauma remain to be seen and further tests indicate that his condition will require another surgery and rehab. On April 9, he was moved to Shepard Center. He is slowly improving. He remains in ICU but he can open his eyes and he can hear what we are saying. He even blesses everyone with a smile occasionally. Gosh do we miss his smile. The journey ahead is long and the family should not have to worry about finances on top of everything.
To learn more about Mak's progress please visit his CaringBridge website which is being updated by the family and close friends.
Mak is the second child of Faye and Mark Yost. He and his family have lived in Smyrna since he was an infant. He is currently a senior at Campbell High School and a star on the Lacrosse Team.
About the Fundraisers:
My name is Elizabeth Bradley (daughter of Penny and Mark, and sister of Rachel) and I'm spearheading this campaign to give back to a family that has done so much for me and mine. For nearly two decades the Yosts have lived behind us and our family has become intertwined. This family is an extension of my family and I am creating this campaign so that the Yost's don't have to think about it. I have asked them how we can help and they have given their blessing for this fundraising campaign to commence.
On my 3rd birthday, I walked to the Yost house to invite them to my birthday party. They had just moved in and our backyards were connected. I was mad at Mak (3 months old) because he was napping which meant they couldn't come. Within the next few months, we all became inseparable. Kai and Mak became brothers to me. Us kids had matching family necklaces that we wore every day. We went on family vacations together. Mak was always the one who was calm and level-headed while Kai and I were off in wonderland. He loves his sisters, Jadyn and Malia, so much and is always willing to help out. His cousins, Jackson and Gracie, adore him. And he loves candy more than anyone I know. My mom would have to hide the candy bowl when Mak came over (funny because he is Mr. Fitness).
As we got older, Mak would text me at night and ask if we could go to Chick-Fil-A in the morning. Then, we would leave early to get food and the second we got to school, Mak would dart off because he was way too cool to be hanging out with me and Kai. Kai and I joke that he is way more popular than either of us ever were. Mak is the athletic, smart, handsome kid that everyone loves. He has a heart of gold and is kinder than we ever could have wished.
Why Are We Fundraising?
During times of need, the Yost family was always there for our family, and they have stepped up to help many other families in our community time and time again. took care of everyone in our family and made sure we had everything we needed. Faye would always save extra of my favorite meals when she made them. She is a second mom to me. She has spent every night in the hospital with Mak, only coming home every 2 days to shower. Her love for her children is inspiring. The family is facing huge amounts of hospital bills as Mak will need long-term help. They have always done so much for the community and now it is our turn to pay it forward.
ANY amount that you could donate would be greatly appreciated. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. This family is everything to us and so many others. Kai, Mak, Jadyn, Malia, Faye, and Mark all will appreciate the support more than you can imagine.
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