Matt Tingley Family needs your help

On June 25, 2017 our son Matthew was involved in a dirt bike accident while riding at a friend's house- an accident that he didn’t walk away from.  He ended up in the ICU at Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital with a displaced L1 vertebrae that completely severed his spinal cord, resulting in paralysis below the waist.  Matt will likely never walk again. His collarbone was fractured, ribs were fractured and he suffered a chest injury (pneumothorax). Matt spent three weeks in the hospital where he had surgery to stabilize his spine and repair the collarbone, he was transferred to the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan for inpatient spinal cord therapy.

Matt has moved in with us (along with his dog, Stogie). We are all adjusting to what is our ‘new normal’ life.

We had a ramp system installed that allows access to our home. There will be many more home modifications in the future to make our home handicap accessible; but for now, Matt is getting around.  At the time of the accident, Matt was without health insurance, and we really have no idea of the total expenses to expect for Matt's hospitalizations, surgery, ongoing medical care, vehicle modifications and lost wages. We are discovering how little we know about the long road ahead -- there is a lot to learn and changes to be made.

What has been most gratifying is Matt's positive attitude as he copes with this life change. He has kept his sense of humor, has worked through many challenges and is looking at this event as a doorway to new beginnings and new opportunities. We are extremely thankful for his attitude and his perseverance. He continues to stay active and workout, anticipating the next phase of rehab.

Thomas Richards Charity is honored to be able to help this amazing family.  The tragedy experienced by Matt and the Tingley family speaks directly to TRC’s mission and purpose. We ask each of you to provide donations in service of Matt’s care, rehabilitation and longer-term well-being.  Your donation will go directly to help the Tingley family through this overwhelmingly emotional time. Please help in any way you can.  

Thank you from Mike, Linda, Stephanie, Matt & Thomas Richards Charity.

Thomas Richards Charity is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity. We are an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

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Tim Ciotti President TRC

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Tim Ciotti 
Rochester, MI
Thomas Richards Charity 
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