The John Knighten Medical Fund

You may know John Knighten as a friend, a business professional, a mentor. You may know him as the life of the party, the loudest laugh in the room, the dorky dance move, the one who stays up too late and wakes up too early, the helping hand when you need to get out of a sticky situation. You may know him as a number of wonderful things. To his daughter, Katherine, and his wife, Robin - he is everything. 
On August 28th, during a long work stint in Rwanda, John suffered a health crisis that left him with a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) and took away his ability to laugh, or dance, or teach. It’s been quite a journey: 4 weeks in a Rwandan ICU, trans-Atlantic air travel while only semi-conscious, 2 weeks in a US ICU, 4 weeks in a US acute-care rehabilitation facility. And just like John - against the odds - in the few short weeks he’s been back, he's already regained the ability to walk with assistance, to eat and drink, and to smile. 
He has come so far, but there’s still a long road ahead. Our John is currently being treated at the Centre for Neuro Skills (CNS), a multi-disciplinary facility with a ground-breaking approach to therapy. They have on-site lodging for Robin and several folks have banded together to make the adjustments so she can be in Irving as John’s Head Coach and Chief Communications Officer. We are completely confident in CNS and all the special people who work there – it is absolutely the BEST place for John to make as complete a recovery as is possible.

Unfortunately, insurance only covers a little more than half the costs for long-term treatment and also involves deductibles, co-pays, out-of-pocket maximums, and procedures and medical equipment that fall outside HMO parameters… Needless to say the costs are adding up quickly.

You may know John Knighten as a lot of things, but one thing almost everyone knows him for is his generosity. We are asking you to extend that generosity to his family and help us make absolutely sure he gets the best care available. Please, join us in getting back the John we all know and love!


  • Michael Shrout 
    • $200 
    • 10 mos
  • Ray Anne Evans 
    • $150 
    • 10 mos
  • Troy Prehar 
    • $500 
    • 10 mos
  • Kate Rahill 
    • $50 
    • 11 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 11 mos
See all

Fundraising team: The Knighten Family (2)

Katherine Knighten 
Raised $5,560 from 58 donations
Austin, TX
Robin Leonard 
Team member
Raised $5,971 from 12 donations
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