On Tuesday October 2nd2018, we received several nervous text messages from our very good friend Stacey. She was worried about her husband Matt, who was over two hours late arriving home from work and not responding to phone calls or text messages. We know that this is very uncharacteristic of Matt but tried to offer reassuring words and comfort, like “maybe he lost his phone” or was “stuck in some really bad traffic”.
A few hours later Stacey received a phone call from the police that we all hope we never get in our lifetime. Matt had been in a serious car accident, the consequences of which we are learning will have a profound impact on all of their lives.
Matt is bed-ridden, sedated, and heavily medicated for pain management. He has sustained serious injuries including broken ribs and ankle, reconstruction of his diaphragm, a collapsed long, a fractured pelvis, and countless stitches and staples. He has already endured two surgeries (including a splenectomy) and a blood transfusion and will require intensive rehabilitation to retain mobility and full function of his organs and limbs.
If you are fortunate enough to know Matt, you know he would give you the shirt off his back if he thought you needed it. He is a kind, generous, and loving person. His wife and children are his entire world, and the titles of Husband and Dad are ones he wears proudly. He would be heartbroken if he thought the injuries he sustained in this accident put any burden, financial or otherwise, on his family in any way.
We know that many people have been inquiring about how they can help, or what they can do or provide for Stacey and their children during this time. In an effort to maintain normalcy in their lives and to eliminate the burden of the financial strain that they will inevitably have to work through, as Matt will be unable to work, we are creating this page to give you the option to donate and/or share this page with others who may be looking to help. The monies collected will help to subsidize the costs of being at a hospital far away from home (hotels, gas, parking, food, etc.) and any costs associated with rehabilitation that are not covered by insurance plans over the next few weeks and months.
Both Matthew and Stacey’s families would like to thank everyone in advance for your thoughts, prayers, positive vibes, phone calls and text messages. They are overcome by the tremendous support they are receiving. While they are all still processing the accident themselves, and trying to navigate through the hurdles, they feel tremendously blessed to know that they have an extraordinary group of friends and family to help and support them, so thank you for that!
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