It is very humbling for anyone to ask for help. However, we are very close friends of the Vaccaro family and know that they are in need. We would like to ask that you consider donating to this fund.
On Christmas Eve Louie Vaccaro, a Sophomore from Drake High School went out with a group of his closest friends after family celebrations. These kids are very close and love each other very much. They were driving at night on Lucas Valley Road and a terrible accident occurred. The large SUV was filled with 6 passengers (4 Drake students, 1 former Drake student and Louie's cousin visiting from Florida for the holidays.) The vehicle rolled several times and the injuries are serious.
Louie Vaccaro shattered 1 vertebra and blew 2 discs in two additional vertebra. Another passenger (Dameon Reeder) has a fractured spine and Marco Domitri has a broken collar bone. All the passengers have some minor injuries additionally as well as emotional trauma. However Louie's injuries are the most severe and is the focus of this funding website. We are working to assess the needs of the other kids and have offered to help them as well. Stay tuned for an additional information on their needs as well.
Louie has been on and off life support and in an induced coma for the better part of the week since the accident. Our hope is that he can begin to breathe on his own and can be taken off of breathing tubes and life support soon. His surgery took about 11 hours. The doctors have given a 10% chance of Louie walking again, but we've seen miracles and are very hopeful that this will increase as his condition improves. He is currently (12/31/13) at Marin General Hospital, however his care will be moved soon to a facility more suited for long term care in either Redwood City or Terra Linda.
The purpose of this website is to raise money for Louie's family as the needs will be ongoing for "years" and the costs will be overwhelming. The website will also provide an arena for medical updates, a place to communicate with the community, a place to post a Wish List for needs to be met, and a site that you can share with your networks to help spread the word. We will also be launching a public calendar where we will schedule fundraising events, needs to be met, visitations, etc.
Thank you once again on behalf of the Vaccaro Family. We hope to see you at an event soon.