Sam's Spinal Cord Injury

Sam's Story

This past Labor Day long weekend Sam suffered a horrendous accident. A typical jump into the lake off the dock went wrong and resulted in a broken neck and damage to his spinal cord.  He was airlifted to Sunnybrook Hospital and underwent emergency surgery. After a very lengthy surgery, his family was told that he will have no use of his legs and possibly his hands as well.

Samuel is still a young man at 23 years old. He has faced many challenges, growing up in a home with a father who struggled with addictions that led to a family being torn apart and eventually the death of his father 3 years ago. After the death of his father, it seemed like Sam might follow in his father's footsteps, but with much support from his loving and faithful mother, Sam chose to turn from that life and walk a different path. He returned to high school to get his diploma following with a student loan to attend trade college in hopes of becoming an electrician. He graduated in the top of his class and had a very promising future as an electrician, now that is all gone.

Sam’s mom has struggled financially since the death of her husband. With no life insurance and two young sons to care for life has not been easy. She works two jobs to make ends meet, put food on the table, a roof over their heads and provide basic needs for her family. She unfortunately has nothing extra for the additional expenses due to this tragedy . So, we are reaching out to the community to anyone that would be able to help out financially as we know that there will be extreme expenses to aid in Samuel's recovery and rehabilitation as a disabled person. Your help would make a world of difference in this young man's life, as he continues to pursue a life of positive choices and changes, overcoming the challenges of this tragedy.

As this story is being written, Samuel is still in the ICU of Sunnybrook hospital and based on the doctors diagnosis, his future looks much different as a disabled person, and there are many emotional, physical
and financial challenges ahead.

NO DONATION IS TOO SMALL! Despite the medical coverage in Canada, there are more expenses to be cover out of pocket then what the government provides, please give what you can.

On  personal note, my name is Nick Gallo and Sam Gallo is my first cousin. Funds raised will be withdrawn by me personally and passed to Sam's mother who is his primary care giver. The funds will go towards the following:

- Power wheelchair  
- Commode chair
- Bathroom renos 
- Accessibility ramps, lifts
- Habitat mods: widening doorways, kitchen mods
- Accessible vehicle
- Medication
- Catheters, care items for bladder/bowel care
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    • $500 
    • 47 mos
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    • $25 
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Agnes Gallo 
Omemee, ON

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