On Tuesday, September 18th, Mike Manhardt was seriously injured doing three things he loved; being outside, working with his hands, and being self-employed.  

While working on a logging project near Condon, MT, an accident left Mike with broken C6 and C7 vertebrae. His work partners acted quickly and first responders got him out of the woods safely so he could be life-flighted to Missoula. Emergency spinal fusion surgery was performed within hours of the accident at St. Pat's hospital in Missoula.

When Mike awoke from surgery, he had some movement in his arms and no movement and faint feeling in his legs. He is able to breath on his own and swallow, but has trouble doing things most of us take for granted, like coughing and making a fist. Mike is alert, and, well, he's Manhardt. There's no one else I know that would be more positive about this than Mike is now. 

The outlook is positive, but there's a long road ahead. Mike has medical insurance. He still needs our help, though. Mike will have medical expenses to pay well beyond his insurance coverage and he won't be able to work during his months-long recovery.

Mike has to leave Missoula for his rehabilitation. He would like to do that near family at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Rehabilitation needs to start within days of surgery and transportation expenses and logistics are issues. Mike's the kind of guy that's always there to help without asking for anything in return. Please help him now.
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Organizer and beneficiary

James Fields 
Missoula, MT
Michael Manhardt 
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