Help Ariel! { Get Robo-Legs }

$50,895 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 551 people in 29 months
Romeo Alaeff
on behalf of The Ariel Barkai Berkowitz Special Needs Trust
[All gofundme donations go to "The Ariel Barkai Berkowitz Special Needs Trust." If you would prefer to donate to the trust by check or bank transfer please scroll to the bottom for more information."]

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Ariel Berkowitz, 19, was in a tragic accident on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2016.

He was hit by a DART train in Dallas, Texas which resulted in the loss of both of his legs.

Help us raise funds for his medical bills, rehabilitation and to save up for prosthetic legs so he can walk and even play sports again. 

Even $5 can go a long way towards getting his life back.

[ An accomplished athlete himself,  Ariel is also a hard-core Mavericks and Eagles fan! ]

[ Ariel and his lovely sisters, Daniella and Michaella. ]

All gofundme donations go to "The Ariel Barkai Berkowitz Special Needs Trust." If you would prefer to donate to the trust by check or bank transfer please contact the law office below for routing information or you can also send a check made out to the above trust name to:

David J. Reber, Partner
Jordan Cresswell Monk Reber, PC
17300 Dallas Parkway, Suite 2050
Dallas, Texas 75248

Firm: (972) 392-1123
Direct: (972) 392-1981
Cell: (214) 478-3508
Toll Free: (866) 934-6612
Facsimile: (972) 392-1760
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To think it was only 8 months ago that Ariel Berkowitz lost both legs in a train accident. Ariel has made unbelievably fast progress thanks to his attitude and drive and all those who pitched in to help.

Thank you!!
8 Months Later - The Road to Recovery
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It's been a while since the last update, but there's been a lot of great progress. Ariel was fitted for prosthetics and got to take them home last week! Using them is a challenge (they're heavy!), but Ariel is literally making strides every day. The goal is to work up from 30 min, twice a day with a walker, to eventually walking unassisted. There's a long way to go to build strength, coordination and balance, as well as physical therapy, but to think the accident was only 9 months ago and already he's taking his first steps! Any donation helps with further treatments and medical devices, so please spread the word or take a minute to write an encouraging comment!
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During this holiday season, just a little reminder to appreciate all that you have, and to reach out those who need a helping hand.

A heartfelt thank you to all who have already donated - you can see by these pictures how much your donations have helped. Only a few months ago, Ariel was hanging on to his life, and today he's able to look forward to competitive snowboarding!

Of course he still has a long way to go be able to afford prosthetics, so if please continue to share Ariel's story and make a small donation if you are able.

If you didn't catch the news story, you can see it here:
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Watch Ariel's segment on CW33 - "Ariel’s Miracle: Former HS Athlete’s Unwavering Faith After Losing Both Legs."

Please share this link to help Ariel with donations - We're still a long way from being able to buy 2 prosthetic legs!

DALLAS -- If you don't believe in miracles, Ariel Berkowitz's story might change your mind. Back in September, the 19-year-old's life changed after he was hit by a train.

"I was with friends in Downtown Dallas at a concert, Ariel told NewsFix in an exclusive interview. "I ended up just walking across the train tracks and next thing I know I just hit my head hard."

The DART train reportedly dragged him nearly 200 yards.

Ariel's sisters Daniella and Michaella.
"I woke up in the hospital and felt like I was between life and death. I didn't know my legs were gone but I knew something was up."

Today, Ariel is recovering and going through rehab. But the real miracle is how he's uplifting others through the journey.

"The only thing I was worried about and made me feel was not even his legs being gone, but just how he would feel and react," Ariel's sister Michaella explained. "Him being strong and positive made everyone in our family even... stronger."

Speaking of staying strong, the former high school athlete's lifelong dreams of competing in the Olympics are still golden.

"I was thinking about the Olympics when I woke up from the accident," Ariel explained. "I was like, 'maybe I can still do the snowboarding thing and maybe I can compete in the Paralympics'."

His family has created a GoFundMe to raise funds for his medical bills, rehabilitation and to save up for prosthetic legs so he can walk and even play sports again. The goal is to raise $100,000 and so far, he's nearly halfway there.

But, with Ariel's unwavering faith we're sure anything is possible.

"I don't really care what happened to me or what kind of injuries I have. All I care about is that I'm really alive."
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$50,895 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 551 people in 29 months
Created September 29, 2016
Romeo Alaeff
on behalf of The Ariel Barkai Berkowitz Special Needs Trust
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Carolyn Zalta
12 months ago

Hi Ariel, did you know there's another Jewish young man who lost both legs in Afghanistan (I think) in Dallas? Anyway, I think I know your mom. I'll try to donate more later, as I can. Carolyn Zalta

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Betty Cherniak
20 months ago

Thank you for being a role model for all who undergo similar challenges in life.

Jesse Freda
22 months ago

Good luck Ariel!

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