Nicolas Hadley, 19, was involved in a car accident on December 23, 2017, just two days before Christmas. Nicolas was a passenger in the car with his girlfriend, Ashley St. Onge, 19, and one other friend, when the car hit a patch of black ice and began to swerve out of control. Ashley was able to regain control of the car and pulled off to the side of the road. She was terrified to continue to drive and asked Nick to take over so they could make it home safely in the brutal weather conditions. Nick and Ashley both exited the vehicle in the breakdown lane to switch seats and continue home. As they were walking across the front of the vehicle, Nick heard a sound, he looked up and he saw bright lights; that is all he remembers of that night. The vehicle Nick was in was hit by a tractor trailer that hit the same patch of ice that they had just slid on, that tractor trailer was not able to regain control as they were and collided with the vehicle that Nick and Ashley were standing in front of. Nick suffered severe head trauma, broke two vertebrae in his mid-lower back, and lost his girlfriend that night. She was too young to pass away and it is a horrible loss not only for her family and Nicolas, but for everyone that knew her. Nick will now live the rest of his life asking himself: Why? Why did he live and she pass away, why could he not do anything differently to assure that nothing like this could have happened to the girl that he loved? How? How can two people standing not even 5 feet apart have such different outcomes from such a horrible accident and how does he move on to regain his strength and lead the rest of his life. One of the first things Nick asked when he regained consciousness, was how Ashley was doing, he was devastated to find out that she had not made it and he had. When I visited him in the hospital, one of the first things he asked me, was "I mean, who's fault is something like this?" and I did everything I could to reassure him there was nothing he could have done differently. The pain I could see in his face when he asked this question, was not the same pain from the 37 staples across his head or from the broken back, this pain was deeper. I could feel that Nick felt responsible for something that no person involved in the situation could have done anything differently to prevent. This was truly a freak accident of nature. Nick suffered more in those short few moments than most people will have to endure over a lifetime, and he needs help. Nick has done really well his entire life at trying to better himself. He finished High School with good grades, went on to College as an aspiring nursing student, while working full-time, and attending to his social life and most importantly his girlfriend and family. Anyone who knows Nick knows that he is always happy, joking, dancing, singing, always able to cheer up other people who are upset, angry, or even just feeling "off". He is always putting in 100% in everything he does. No one deserves to have something as horrible as this to happen to them and Nick is no exception. He is a loving son, a good friend, a loving boyfriend, and most importantly an amazing person, anyone who has ever met him will agree. If anyone is able to help in any way, please do. Anything you can do will be more than greatly appreciated not only by him and his mother, but by all the people who wish they could do more to help them. Nick is 1/2 the income of the family, and he and his mother have an apartment that they will need to pay rent to keep, on top of the astronomical medical bills he will incur as a result of this terrible accident. He will have to go to physical therapy for his back for quite some time, and will not be able to return to work for at least a few months. If you are able to help in anyway, whether it be a financial donation, a ride to his physical therapy, even just home cooked meals, to give them one less thing to worry about, anything will help. Nick should be able to leave the hospital soon, but as of today, Christmas Day 2017, he is still there recovering.
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At the start of this fundraiser for Nick the intention was to be able to take care of his daily, weekly, and monthly expenses and financial needs. I never expected more than a few dozen donations. As all who have viewed this fundraiser can see, Nick is someone who has affected countless people in a positive way. He is one of the naturally happiest people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. He is able to brighten any room he enters and to make all those he encounters better people. With the initial plan to lighten the economic burden he will incur from this whole situation nearly being successful, I think we can do more for the person who has been able to be such a strong influence to those around him. I want to try to help Nick and his mother, Lorraine, to alleviate the financial stress of the surgeries, procedures, medications, and physical therapy he will require in the coming months. Nick will undoubtedly endure physical pain through the coming months and the emotional pain will most likely never go away, but the financial burden can be lessened if people continue to come together and share that burden with him. If you are unable to help financially, please do not feel guilty, your sharing of this fundraiser may help even more than simply making a donation. Please share this to help Nick not have to suffer financially for the rest of his life from an accident that was completely unavoidable. Thank you.
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